Bryan Stow beating suspects made 'admissions,' prosecutor says
The two men charged with assaulting San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium have made incriminating statements in the case, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
"This is not an identification case. There are statements made by both defendants that will be used in the prosecution," Deputy Dist. Atty. Frank Santoro said. “I would call them admissions.”
Defendants Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood showed little emotion as they appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday in connection with the March 31 attack that left Stow with brain damage. Stow was the third Giants fan they attacked at the opening day game, prosecutors said.
Sanchez's attorney withdrew a motion Wednesday to reduce his bail. Both suspects pleaded not guilty in the case and are being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The pair were arrested last month along with Sanchez's sister, Dorene Sanchez, who testified before a grand jury about the case.
Prosecutors said in court papers that Stow tried to escape a violent man attacking him and his friends outside the stadium, but his assailant chased him down.
Prosecutors allege that Sanchez shoved Stow and punched one of Stow's friends after the opening day game. After the assault, Stow, who was dressed in a Giants shirt, continued to walk with his friends toward the edge of the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez and his friend, Marvin Norwood, in pursuit, prosecutors wrote.
Sanchez caught up with the group and punched another of Stow's friends, knocking him to the ground, the court document said. As Stow faced Norwood, Sanchez surprised him from behind and punched him in the side of the head, prosecutors allege.
Witnesses heard Stow's head hit the concrete and saw it bounce when he fell, prosecutors wrote. Sanchez then kicked the unconscious Stow and Norwood kicked him and standing over him yelled, "who else wants to fight." according to prosecutor Michele Hanisee in a court filing.
Police arrested Dorene Sanchez for accessory to the crime but she was not charged.
The investigation became a source of controversy after LAPD Chief Charlie Beck named another man, Giovanni Ramirez, as the initial suspect in the attack.
But detectives with the department's elite Robbery Homicide Division later arrested Sanchez and Norwood. The pair, according to prosecutors, tangled repeatedly with Giants fans.
Sanchez is also charged with battery for hitting a woman with a soda and pushing another man.
Stow, 42, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, remains hospitalized in San Francisco and has been responding to more commands and lifting his arms and legs in recent days, according to his family.
On their website, the family said Stow, who is at a San Francisco hospital, has been "more alert and responsive" in the last week.
"He lifted his left leg slightly when asked, he raised his left arm everytime we asked if we could hold his hand," they wrote.
The family recounted a time this week when his sister, Bonnie Stow, asked the paramedic if she could kiss him.
"He puckered his lips. The final time when she was leaving, Bonnie asked again for a kiss. Bry turned his head towards her, puckered his lips for the kiss, then turned his head back," the family wrote. "The nurse was shocked and excited to see that!"
Doctors said they were still trying to determine the extent of Stow's brain damage.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Dodger Stadium beating suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5