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Tips about aggressive fans led to arrests in Bryan Stow beating

July 23, 2011 |  3:22 pm

Charlie-beckTips from the public about a pair of aggressive fans sitting in the stands on opening day at Dodger Stadium led detectives to focus on the suspects charged Friday in the beating of Bryan Stow.

Police have released few details about how they came to charge the latest suspects, Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29.

But a law enforcement source, who requested his name not be used because of the ongoing investigation, said the link 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 the 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: LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk to journalists after three new suspects were arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times