D.A. won't file charges in Dodger Stadium parking lot brawl
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined Tuesday to file felony charges against four men arrested after a brawl outside Dodger Stadium.
Instead, prosecutors referred the case to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration, citing conflicting witness statements about who started the fight, claims by both sides that they acted in self defense and that the victim suffered minor injuries.
Police had arrested Arthur Morales, 30; Alan Trujillo, 29; Ulisis Briceno, 26; and Alejandro Briceno, 29, after the game Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
Los Angeles police said that the victim and his girlfriend were in a Chevrolet Impala in line to exit the stadium Sunday afternoon when they were involved in a fender bender with a Toyota Camry driven by Morales.
A disagreement over who was responsible for the accident escalated into a one-on-one brawl before three friends of Morales allegedly joined in and began pummeling the Impala driver, who was not identified by police. At one point, police said Morales kicked and hit the Impala driver in the head and face as three others held him down.
The victim suffered cuts and bruises. His pregnant girlfriend was not involved in the physical altercation but was examined at the hospital as a precaution.
-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)
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