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Two young men beat pizza shop manager into coma because he refused to give them free food

By Mason White 1:33 PM March 15, 2017
Bryce Anthony Mezich and Austin Wright Callan
Bryce Anthony Mezich and Austin Wright Callan
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A pizza shop manager is fighting for his life after being beaten for refusing to give away free food to two young men, according to police in California.

Huntington Beach police said that they have arrested 21-year-old Bryce Anthony Mezich and 22-year-old Austin Wright Callan, after being accused of assaulting 33-year-old Garret Peterson.

Mezich has been charged with one count each of assault with serious bodily injury and fighting in public while Callan faces one count of fighting in public.

According to the police investigation, on Saturday around 1:00 a.m., Mezich and Callan entered the Thunder Burgrz & Pizza located in the 300 block of Pacific Coast Highway.

They asked Garret, who was the manager of the restaurant, for free pizza. When Garret refused, Mezich and Callan beat him until he fell into a coma.

A friend wrote on Go Fund Me that Garrett was assaulted by two men because he refused to give them free pizza. They waited outside for him, pulled him into an alley, and almost beat him to death.

He had emergency brain surgery at the Hoag hospital, during which a large piece of his skull was removed. The rest of his brain was severely bruised and damaged.

Garret’s friends are still waiting to see if he will wake up. If he does, he faces months or possibly years of rehabilitation.

“Garret is the type of person who is happy all the time. He draws people in and makes friends with everyone. He never has a negative thing to say about anyone and is basically a giant teddy bear.

“In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard anyone speak negatively of Garret either. He is the definition of a ladies man and a gentleman.

“I have known Garret for the last 7 years and I have watched him grow into an amazing man. Not perfect by any means, but he is always there to help when someone needs it. He is strong, independent and kind,” Garret’s friend wrote on Go Fund Me.