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San Francisco police have made an arrest in the attack of a San Francisco man who died in Golden Gate Park near the children’s playground carousel Friday night.

According to SFPD spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak, officers from Park Station were called to the area near the carousel and Sharon Art Studio Friday at 7:22 PM.

They arrived to discover 55-year-old San Franciscan Robert Musial seated on a bench, demonstrating labored breathing, Andraychak said.

The officers called for medical assistance, but as the ambulance was en route, Musial lost consciousness. Though officers administered CPR, which paramedics took over when they arrived, Musial died at the scene, Andraychak said.

According to the Ex, the Medical Examiner found that Musial had suffered blunt-force injuries before his death.

SFPD had information that Musial may have been involved in an altercation close to where he was discovered by police, Andraychak said.

Musial was struck in the back of the head with a skateboard and had his wallet stolen, his brother Stewart Musial told the Ex.

The victim’s brother told the Ex that he and other friends of the victim canvassed the area where his brother was attacked, eventually identifying 23-year-old Marcus Herrera of Santa Ana as a suspect,

Herrera was subsequently arrested on a Muni bus, and was booked on suspicion of murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, reports the Ex.

Andraychak says officers remain eager to speak with anyone who might have witnessed the altercation, or with any other information on what might have caused Musial’s death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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