While the headlines in San Luis Obispo read "attempted murder" regarding the incident that happened in downtown San Luis Obispo on January 21, 2012, the real story was not reported.
What the SLOPD press release failed to acknowledge - and the local media failed to report - is that on the night of this incident, Sarna had witnessed a male in a group of at least 5 men randomly attack a vehicle that had stopped at a stop sign at the corner of Broad and Monterey. When the owner of the vehicle got out of his car to confront the male, he was tackled to the ground and the group of men began physically assaulting him. Sarna rushed over to attempt to stop the assailants and help the owner of the vehicle. That's when the men turned on him. He was immediately tackled to the ground and assaulted, being repeatedly kicked and punched by 2-3 of the men while the others in the group continued to assault the owner of the vehicle. Sarna feared for his life.
The duty of peace officers is to enforce laws to protect it's citizens and the duty of the media is to report the truth.
Sarna was acting in self-defense. The SLOPD and District Attorney have acknowledged the self-defense elements of this case behind closed doors and in the court room, but until now, the citizens of San Luis Obispo have not been informed of the truth.
Sarna was defending the life of a stranger who was being assaulted by a group of men and, in turn, ended up having to defend his own life.
Sarna is currently being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. He has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. His bail has been set at $500,000.