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LAPD reassigns Dodger Stadium beating case to elite unit

Giovanni RamirezLos Angeles police officials said Wednesday that they have reassigned the Dodger Stadium beating investigation from division detectives to its elite Robbery Homicide Division.

Though suspect Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested more than two weeks ago, L.A. County prosecutors have yet to charge him in connection with the beating. Prosecutors asked police to gather more evidence in the case, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they hoped to present the case again soon.

In a brief statement issued by the LAPD on Wednesday morning, officials said the case was turned over because "as the demands of the case become more complex and prolonged, RHD detectives will be better equipped to conduct the investigation."

The release also noted that it was "not unusual for RHD to take over investigative responsiblities of high-profile, prolonged and complex cases."

But police officials did not say why the case was not initally given to RHD. Rather, it was handled by detectives in the Northeast Division.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said last week that detectives strongly believed that Ramirez beat Stow and had enough evidence to prove it.

Ramirez's family claims he was at home when Bryan Stow was beaten at Dodger Stadium on March 31. Stow remains hospitalized with brain damage. Ramirez was the subject of a polygraph test and line-up, but the results have not been released.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Giovanni Ramirez mug shot. Credit: LAPD

 
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