Giants fan sent text message saying he was 'scared' before the beating [Updated]
Minutes before San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, he texted a relative to say that he feared for his safety, his cousin said Tuesday.
In the text message, he said he was "scared inside the stadium," his cousin John Stow said, adding, "He doesn't use that term loosely." A short time later, when the game ended, the 42-year-old paramedic and father of two walked out to look for a taxi and was attacked so brutally that he remains in a coma with a brain injury.
His doctors said Bryan Stow suffered a severely fractured skull and damage to the frontal lobe of his brain.
[Corrrected, 5:26 p.m.: A previous version of this post mischaracterized the nature of the damage to Stow's brain.]
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has denounced the attack, said it occurred "completely without any provocation." The victim was "hit from behind," he said, and "beat senselessly."
The City Council voted Tuesday to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailants, bringing the total reward to $100,000.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives said they believed that as many as 100 people may have witnessed the attack, which occurred in Parking Lot 2 at Dodger Stadium about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Det. Jose Carrillo said he believed the two assailants may have attacked three or four other men before beating Stow.
Police are asking anyone with information to report tips to LA Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website.
-- Richard Winton