Beaten Giants fan shows improvement; mother urges 'cowards' to surrender
The mother of a San Francisco Giants fan savagely beaten at Dodger Stadium last month said her son is showing some signs of improvement and urged his attackers to turn themselves in.
"I think they're cowards the way they did that. I would like to see them come forward, give themselves up, but if that's not the case I'll let the police do their job and then bring them to justice," said Ann Stow in an interview with KABC-TV (Channel 7).
Members of Bryan Stow's family continue to be at his bedside daily. His two children, Tyler, 12, and Tabitha, 8, remain in the Santa Cruz area. Ann Stow told the station that her son remains in a coma but that doctors have reduced his sedation medication.
Stow was walking with two friends across the stadium's parking lot when he was attacked from behind after the baseball season's opening game. While still inside the stadium, Stow sent a text message to his wife saying he felt "scared," family members said.
As the two men attacked, they yelled an expletive about the Giants.
One attacker is described as a stocky Latino, 18 to 25 years old, with a shaved head, goatee and mustache. He has a distinct mole on his left cheek and weighs about 170 pounds, according to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck. The other is described as a taller Latino or white male, about 6 feet, 1 inch and 170 pounds, with hazel eyes and short hair. The two were with a woman with a boy who appeared to be about 10.
A $150,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants. Despite dozens of tips from witnesses, investigators said, they continue to seek a break in the case.
With Stow's assault becoming national news, the LAPD and Dodgers last week beefed up the number of officers patrolling the stadium and parking lot.
Family members told KABC they talk to Stow in the hospital. "The doctors say he probably can't hear what you're saying; it doesn't matter, we still talk to him, play music every time, and just hope that part of him hears us," Erin Collins, Stow's sister, told the station.
Tipsters can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or text the letters TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or use the website LACrimeStoppers.org.
-- Shelby Grad and Richard Winton
Photos: (top) Members of Bryan Stow's family gather outside Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for a news conference a few days after the attack. From left are his uncle John Devitt; his mother, Ann Stow; and his sisters, Bonnie Stow and Erin Collins. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
(bottom) A police sketch of the suspects. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department