LAPD moving cautiously with new suspects in Bryan Stow beating
A law enforcement source told The Times that with the two arrests, detectives have concluded the suspect they took into custody in May was not responsible for the attack.
Details about the two new suspects and what ties them to the beat were not immediately available.
But a second source said detectives were moving cautiously and quietly to build their case.
The source said that the investigation was built on circumstantial and physical evidence but that detectives were still in the process of analyzing the evidence.
Until now, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other police officials expressed confidence that Giovanni Ramirez, a parolee, was responsible for the beating.
But since Ramirez's arrest in May, detectives struggled to build a case. Beck moved the case in June to the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.
Beck said in an interview in June that the case against Ramirez was based "hugely" on eyewitness identifications, and that such cases can be difficult to prosecute. Prosecutors had asked that more work be done on the case by detectives before they filed charges.
Reached on Thursday, Ramirez's attorney said he had not heard about the development.
“I haven’t heard anything [about the new arrests] yet,” said Anthony Brooklier. “But if it’s true I’m happy for my client. I always believed he was factually innocent. There was a lot of pressure on LAPD. I believe that they were operating in good faith and made a good faith mistake.”
On Thursday, the LAPD was preparing to release an official statement saying the investigation “is continuing” and that detectives were making “good progress.” More information would be released when it becomes available, officials said.
--Jack Leonard, Joel Rubin and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Giovanni Ramirez. Credit: LAPD