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Maria Carrillo student found unconscious at Montgomery High; witnesses sought

  • Santa Rosa police officers put up crime scene tape Saturday near the baseball diamond at Montgomery High School. (John Burgess / PD)

Police are seeking witnesses or anyone who may have information about an assault or possibly a bad fall that left a 17-year-old Santa Rosa boy unconscious with a serious head wound Saturday afternoon on the grounds of Montgomery High School.

The boy, a student at Maria Carrillo High School across town, was found by a passer-by outside Montgomery's gym. He was breathing but unconscious. An ambulance rushed the teen to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and he later was flown to Children's Hospital Oakland, where he remained unconscious and in critical condition Saturday night.

He had no identification on him at the time when he was found, which prompted Santa Rosa police to issue a call for public help.

His father read an article about the injured boy online and phoned police Saturday evening. He was able to give a description of the teen and later identify his son at Memorial Hospital.

The boy had suffered a large wound to the back of his head and was found about 3:58 p.m. by a Santa Rosa doctor who had just arrived at the school to walk his two dogs.

The boy was lying on his back and was almost up against the gym's east wall, which faces the school's playing fields, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. John Cregan said.

Darin Brunson, the doctor who found the boy, said that in addition to his head wound, he also saw what appeared to be blood or wounds on the boy's hand or hands near the knuckles.

That observation, the severity of the boy's head wound and his position so close to the gym wall — perhaps ruling out a fall or jump from the gym roof — led officers to suspect he may have been assaulted, Cregan said.

The department's violent crime unit has been assigned to the case.

“But we're not really sure what happened,” Cregan said, explaining that an accidental fall or jump from the gym's roof had not been ruled out.

The roof is more than 20 feet above the pavement.

No blood was visible on the wall. Firefighters washed down the pavement after tending to the boy, police said.

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