Giants fan was attacked from behind, LAPD says
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the assailants, clad in Dodgers attire, began taunting the victim with expletives. As the victim, 41, and his friends attempted to walk away from the assailants, the victim was hit from behind and fell to the ground, police said.
The two men then kicked and punched the victim as he lay on the ground. The victim’s friends attempted to help him and they too were hit by the assailants.
"The man suffered a serious head injury during the assault after the game," said LAPD Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Division station.
The incident was witnessed by several fans in the area, Rosenberg said. The assailants fled as people tried to assist the injured man, Rosenberg said.
Police said the incident was captured on a security video camera, and witnesses have provided details about the assailants, including a distinctive tattoo.
Because Dodgers opening day is known for its heavy drinking and rowdy crowds, the LAPD was out in full force to try to avoid a repeat of unruly behavior of past years.
"It was much quieter this year than previous years," said Capt. Dave Lindsay.
Opening day this year saw 72 people arrested, he said. Most of those arrests were related to intoxication or illegal consumption of alcohol, Lindsay said.
Many of those arrests were done by cite and release with a court date, he said. In addition to those arrests, 48 citations were issued for various offenses, including traffic infractions.
But the number of overall arrests was markedly down from last year’s opening day, when 132 arrests were made, police said.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Pregame warm-ups at Elysian Park on opening day.
Credit: Allen J. Schaben /Los Angeles Times