L.A. County supervisor wants curbs on alcohol sales, more security at Dodger Stadium
L.A.County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said he wanted enhanced security in and around Dodger Stadium and strict limits on sales of alcohol in the wake of a beating on opening day that left a Giants fan in a coma.
"The Dodgers organization has an obligation to make security a top priority now," he said. "Denying that lack of security played a role in this attack is simply sticking their head in the sand."
Antonovich offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the severe beating of the Giants fan in the parking lot after Thursday's season opener.
Los Angeles Police Det. Jose Carrillo said detectives were seeking the suspects, adding that they are “working on some leads" but at this stage were not ready to go public with them.
“One of the problems is these individuals could have come from just about anywhere in the region,” he said, noting the large fan base for the Dodgers. Carrillo said detectives have so far been unable to identify the vehicle in which the two assailants fled.
“We believe a 10-year-old male was in the vehicle," he added.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials released a joint statement calling the beating "unconscionable."
"Baseball is a family sport that has unified our country after times of crisis and tragedy. This senseless act of violence has no place in our society and certainly not in our national pastime," said the statement from Villaraigosa, Beck, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco interim Police Chief Jeff Godown, Giants managing partner Bill Neukom and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, who were wearing Dodger gear.
The beating victim, Bryan Stow, 42, a paramedic, hit his head on the pavement during the attack and is in a medically induced coma. He has two children.
The LAPD released sketches of two suspects in the attack.
LAPD Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg, watch commander at the Northeast Station, said Stow was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot by two men wearing Dodgers clothing. The apparently unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when the two assailants approached the Giants fans.
The two men attacked the Giants fans, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, Rosenberg said.
The incident was witnessed by several fans, he said. The assailants fled as people tried to assist the injured man, he said. Police said the incident was captured on security camera video, and witnesses have provided details about the assailants, including about a distinctive tattoo.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Michael D. Antonovich. Credit: L.A. Times. Sketch: Police drawings of the beating suspects in frame grab from KTLA. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department.