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Charges filed in assault on women, one pregnant, after Kings win

Kings laser show
Criminal charges have been filed against a Los Angeles man accused of assaulting two women, including one who was eight months pregnant, during the celebration after the Kings won the Stanley Cup, prosecutors said Friday.

Two counts of assault with great bodily force were lodged against David Jonathan Gutierrez, 29, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He is scheduled for further proceedings later this month in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Police said Gutierrez was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Monday during a celebration at Staples Center after the Kings won the Stanley Cup. Prosecutors say he hit the pregnant woman in the stomach and her female friend in the face when she tried to intercede.

“Spirited celebrations for our sports teams are a great part of our community,” said City Atty. Carmen Trutanich. “However, when celebrants turn violent and attack innocent bystanders, those violators will be prosecuted.”

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Photo: Fans enjoy a laser show before the L.A. Kings' game Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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