Bryan Stow beating: Medical jargon led to attack, witness says
Bryan Stow, the Bay Area paramedic severely beaten at Dodger Stadium last year, was attacked after he used ambulance jargon to express disgust with local fans taunting his group of San Francisco Giants supporters, according to testimony Wednesday.
A friend and fellow paramedic quoted Stow as saying “I hope they code” — shorthand for a heart attack — of the Dodgers fans profanely jeering him and three friends as they exited the opening day game last year.
“His voice was raised, but he wasn’t looking at anyone or directing it at anyone,” the witness, Corey Maciel, recalled.
Testifying on the fourth day of a proceeding to determine whether prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try two men charged in the assault, Maciel offered the closest view yet of the March 31, 2011 incident that left Stow with permanent brain damage and embarrassed the Dodgers franchise. He said Stow made the comment after he and his group had endured hours of heckling and thrown food inside the stadium, and that in response a man in a Dodgers jersey confronted him, demanding, “What … did you say, homie?”
He said the man shoved Stow and punched another friend, but no one in their group responded.
“We were just trying to get away,” Maciel recalled.
A few minutes later, the man and a companion accosted them deeper into the parking lot. He said the men distracted Stow while the first blindsided him with “a long, sweeping haymaker” to the side of his head. Stow fell backward, fracturing his skull.
“I watched the back of his head bounce off the concrete and I heard the crack as it happened,” Maciel said. He said that as he rushed to help, one of the men kicked Stow in the ribs while the other kicked him in the head.
“Not just little kicks. These were whole, wind-up, hard-as-you-can kicks,” Maciel said. Stow has not been able to walk or carry on a conversation since the attack.
Two neighbors from Rialto, Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, are charged with mayhem, assault and other felonies. They have pleaded not guilty. Authorities have said the men incriminated each other in statements to police and that Sanchez’s sister, who was at the game with them, testified before a grand jury investigating the case.
The prosecutor questioning Maciel did not ask him if he could identify the men, seated with lawyers at the defense table. Previous witnesses to the beating have said they could not positively identify the assailants from the darkened parking lot. In a recording of a 911 call played for the judge Wednesday, Maciel was asked about the man who punched Stow.
“It was was a Dodger fan in a Dodger jersey. There’s no way to identify him,” he said.
Maciel, who works on an ambulance in Santa Clara County, choked up as he described Stow’s injuries. On the 911 call, he identified himself as an off-duty paramedic and pleaded with the dispatcher to send help.
“We need an ambulance right now … he’s not doing good,” Maciel said.
— Harriet Ryan
Photo: Louie Sanchez, center, suspected of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, at a preliminary hearing on Friday. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Associated Press