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2 men sought in Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan

Los Angeles police are searching for two men suspected of severely beating a San Francisco Giants fan after the Dodgers' home opener in the stadium parking lot.

Although the number of arrests in and around Dodger Stadium on Thursday night declined compared with the rowdy 2010 season debut, the assault left the 41-year-old fan hospitalized, with his condition improving to serious Friday, police said.

A Dodgers spokesman said the team is taking the incident seriously.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans. We're committed to having the most fan-and-family-friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority," said Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers vice president of communications. "We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation, and we wish this fan a speedy recovery."

Los Angeles Police Department detectives are looking for two Dodger fans in their 20s believed responsible for the brutal attack after the game.

"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.

He said the victim was one of three Giants fans attacked in the parking lot by two unidentified men wearing Dodgers clothing. The unprovoked attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 2 when the two men approached three victims wearing Giants apparel.

The two men attacked the trio, kicking and punching them and shouting expletives about the Giants as they delivered the blows, Rosenberg said.

The incident was witnessed by several fans in the area, he said. The assailants then 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 at and before the game 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.


2 men sought in Dodger Stadium beating of Giants fan

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Photos: Scenes from the Dodgers' home opener

-- Richard Winton

Comments () | Archives (42)

loser ounks, will be caught and then wiil be prison bound. Go Mets!

once the punks are sent to prison, their gang girlfriends, well find some other punks to date, and then months later they will also head to the jail house, thats a funny life. Go Mets.


Great lawsuit! Break Frank Court! Can't walk to your car. Armed escorts needed!

This is unacceptable! These men are not fans of the game. When they find these thugs may they throw the book at them. My thoughts are with this poor man and his family. Banter is normal this is unhuman. I'm repulsed as a Latina and Dodgers fan.

Ive lived in SF for a few years now, but kept my 310 area code and joke that I left my heart in LA. I love LA and never fail to come to her defense when I hear negative comments.
But how do I defend this behavior? This is nothing short of disgraceful. This is the first time I have been ashamed of LA. This is not about gang activity, which happens here as well as there.
This is about America's favorite pastime, Baseball, hotdogs and family fun - and Dodger fans ambush Giant fans at a sporting event? I don't even know what to think.
I realize its just a couple of bad apples who attacked the Giant fans, but I have friends who were at the game and by all accounts Dodger fans in general conducted themselves very poorly and in a most unsportsmanlike manner. Dodger fans were rude, taunting, heckling, and just plain mean. Several said they would never go to a Dodger game again. That is just sad.
Sure we get emotional and love our teams, but is it really worth seriously injuring or killing someone because they love their home team as much as you love yours? We take our kids to games, is this really the example we want for our kids???
I am at a loss, torn between my loyalty and love for LA and my abhorrence of this senseless act of violence. If anything good can come from this perhaps it will make people think about how words can hurt, how malicious taunting can incite violence in unstable individuals.

WANTED: Two male Hispanics

Well, everywhere you go you're going to come in contact with working class people.

I've been to ballgames all around the country and can honestly say that Dodger fans are the worst. Come late, leave early, drink like crazy and beat people in the parking lot. Everytime I hear them play the song, "I love LA" at Dodgers games, I can't help but wonder, "Why?" What do people love about this place? The traffic? Smog? Crumbling infrastructure? It's a horrible place.


Mayor Villar says, Dodger Stadium is as safe now as it was in the 1950's!

Mayor Villar says, Dodger Stadium is as safe now as it was in the 1950's!

Mayor Villar says, Dodger Stadium is as safe now as it was in the 1950's!

Mayor Villar says, Dodger Stadium is as safe now as it was in the 1950's!

@ Steve - I like your comments: So, no description of the assailants other than "2 Dodger fans in their 20's"

Little help here, LA Tines?!?!?

where is our illustrious Mayor? -- haven't heard a peep out of him -- or, perhaps he's protecting his 'homies' since these 2 monsters that beat this innocent man are Mexicans. Really kinda surprised at the Mayor - he's got his silly mug out there for everything else (if it's celebrity-related)!!!!!!

Nobody is saying it, but I will. Let me first say what happened to this gentlement is very sad. But, I find it hard to believe that both sides are not guilty. I have had many fights in my youth and can tell you from experience that fights are always a two party affair. Where the Giants fans screaming, yelling, threatening the Dodger fans. A fight occured, the results are tragic but I bet if we analyze it without emotions we will find that both parties are at fault.

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