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Attackers cut part of Bryan Stow's tongue, prosecutors allege

July 23, 2011 |  7:11 pm


Court papers filed by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office include graphic details about the attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot after the Dodgers' home opener.

Prosecutors on Friday charged Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, in connection with the attack.

The complaint alleges that Norwood and Sanchez "did cut and disable the tongue, and put out an eye and slit the nose, ear and lip" of Stow, according to district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.

In addition, the complaint states that the injuries from the assault "caused Bryan Stow to become comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis."

The suspects have been charged with with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, all felonies.

They remain in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

A law enforcement source, who requested that his name not be used because of the ongoing investigation, said the link to the suspects occurred when the case against the original suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, continued to grow more improbable and detectives returned to the hundreds of clues and tips that had come in from the public. 

The detectives noticed that several people who had been sitting in the same section of Dodger Stadium during the opening day game had reported seeing a pair of very aggressive, belligerent "jerks" seated nearby, the law enforcement official said. 

From interviews with the people, detectives were able to narrow down the area and then pulled together a list of possible suspects from ticket sales records. Norwood and Sanchez jumped out as prime suspects.

Detectives learned that Dorene Sanchez, Norwood’s wife or long-term partner and Louie Sanchez’s sister, had attended the game with them. She fit the description of the woman witnesses saw driving the car the men jumped into after the attack.

Speaking at an afternoon news conference Friday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck confirmed that Ramirez was no longer a suspect in the case.

"We tirelessly pursued the truth wherever it led us and without prejudice," Beck said. "It’s just as important to find out someone is innocent as it is to find out they are guilty.... Unfortunately, it took a long time to gather information that exonerated Mr. Ramirez.... My credibility is very important to me and it’s very important that the public believes in the Police Department and in their police chief. It’s important to do the right thing, even when it’s a hard thing, a difficult thing. That’s what this is about, about the character of the Police Department."


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Photo: Bryan Stow and his children

Credit: Reuters