Suspects in Giants fan beating fled in car with 10-year-old boy, police say
Los Angeles police said that the suspects accused of beating a San Francisco Giants fan at the end of Dodgers' opening game last week might have fled the scene in a vehicle with a 10-year-old boy.
Los Angeles police Det. Jose Carrillo said detectives were “working on some leads but at this stage were not ready to 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. Carrlllo 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.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials released a joint statement calling the beating of a Giants fan "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 issued for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, who were wearing Dodger gear.
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 the victim was one of three Giants fans who were 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 a distinctive tattoo.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Fans line up outside Dodger Stadium before the opening day clash between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Reuters
Sketch: Police drawings of the beating suspects in frame grab from KTLA. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department