$10,000 reward offered in search of men who beat Giants fan in parking lot; fund established for victim
While the Dodgers remain oddly restrained in their response to a Giants fan being critically beaten at their season opener Thursday, a $10,000 reward has been offered by Supervisor Mike Antonovich for information leading to an arrest and a fund has been established in Northern California to help the victim pay his medical bills.
Police have identified the victim as Bryan Stow, 42, a Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two. He was attacked in the Dodger Stadium parking lot by two unidentified men. Stow hit his head on the pavement during the attack and is in a medically induced coma.
"He's not doing too well," brother-in-law David Collins told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. "He's still unconscious, and they just decided to put him in a medically induced coma. They are hoping the brain swelling will go down, but it hasn't, and they are talking about removing one of his frontal lobes."
The San Jose Mercury News reported that Stow’s paramedic partner, Rebecca Mackowiak, has started a fund at the CommonWealth Credit Union in San Jose.
"We take care of our family," Mackowiak said.
Police said Stow was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot by the two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing. The apparently unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when two assailants approached three victims in Giants apparel.
The two men attacked the three victims, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, police said.
Meanwhile, a joint statement was issued Sunday by the mayors, police chiefs and team owners from both Los Angeles and San Francisco condemning the attack, that included:
The statement was issued in the names of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, SFPD Interim Chief Jeff Godown, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, San Francisco Giants managing partner Bill Neukom and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
McCourt told The Times' Bill Shaikin Saturday he was satisfied with the security force at Dodger Stadium. He called the attack "tragic'' but was confident all security measures were in place.
"You could have 2,000 policemen there, and it's just not going to change that random act of violence," McCourt said.
-- Steve Dilbeck