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Suspects chased Bryan Stow, detective suggests


Bryan Stow’s assailants chased him the length of a football field before meting out the brutal beating that left the San Francisco Giants fan permanently brain-damaged, a police detective suggested Thursday in court testimony.

The detective told a judge hearing evidence against two men charged in the Dodger Stadium assault that 368 feet separated a pool of Stow’s blood from the area of the parking lot where a witness saw two intoxicated fans begin sprinting after a group of Giants supporters.

The measurement given by LAPD Det. Barry Telis, one of two lead investigators, indicated prosecutors planned to emphasize that Stow was hunted down rather than participated in a fight.

Louie Sanchez, 30, and Marvin Norwood, 31, are charged with mayhem, assault and felonies in connection with the March 31, 2011, assault after an Opening Day game between the Dodgers and their northern rivals.

The detective’s testimony came on the second day of a proceeding before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to try Sanchez and Norwood.

The judge heard from a Dodger fan who saw what prosecutors contend was the beginning of an assault on Stow.  Anamaria Davila was unable to positively identify Norwood, Sanchez or Stow, but she picked the defendants’ white sedan out of a police lineup.

Davila said she first struck up a conversation with the men after spotting them “packing a bowl of weed” by the trunk of their car.

 “They were drunk. I could smell the alcohol on their breath and they were high,” she said.

A boy and woman were with them, but the men seemed focused on passing Giants fans, Davila said. She recounted them taunting the opposing team’s fans with obscenities. At one point, they ran after a group of teenagers dressed in Giants regalia, she testified.

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Bryan Stow beating suspects 'looking for trouble,' witness says


It was around the second inning of the Dodgers' home opener last year when Griffith McDaniel said he first felt a peanut hit his back.

McDaniel attended the March 31 game with two friends and his girlfriend, Kathryn Gillespie. Surrounded by Dodger Blue on the third-base side of the stadium, McDaniel and Gillespie stood out in their San Francisco Giants attire.

As more peanuts began to fly — "falling around us, hitting us sporadically" — McDaniel said he looked over and saw a man sitting across the aisle "looking at me after [they were] thrown, laughing."

The man, McDaniel testified in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, was 30-year-old Louie Sanchez.

Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, 31, are the two men charged with mayhem, assault and battery in the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium last year. Stow, a 43-year-old father of two, suffered serious head trauma in the attack and remains in a therapeutic facility.

The two defendants appeared in court Wednesday for the first day of a preliminary hearing that will determine whether there is enough evidence for them to stand trial.

In previous court filings, prosecutors alleged that the defendants were aggressive throughout the game and pushed another fan as they walked out of the stadium into the parking lot, where they ran into Stow.

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L.A. Now Live: Discuss the Bryan Stow beating case

Los Angeles Times reporter Kate Mather will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss the first day of evidence presented in the preliminary hearing of two suspects charged with beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.

During the hearing, which will determine if there is enough evidence for Marvin Norwood and Louie Sanchez to stand trial, prosecutors presented a video of Norwood speaking to his mother from a Los Angeles Police Department interrogation room.

"Hey, I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing," the 31-year-old says. "I was involved.... To a certain extent I was."

He tells his mother he can't say much over the phone but says Sanchez, 30, is also in custody.

Norwood then apologizes: "Pretty sure I'm going down for it.... I'm sorry."

The two men are charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury in the brutal beating of Stow. 

Bryan Stow beating suspect looked ready to fight, witnesses say

Testimony continued Wednesday in the preliminary hearing of two men accused of severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, with witnesses saying one suspect looked ready to fight after heckling Giants fans throughout last year's opening day game at Dodger Stadium.

Marc Lu said he was at the March 31 game with three friends — including one who wore an orange shirt and another who wore a shirt that read "Giants" across the front. As the game progressed, he testified, a man wearing sunglasses and a backward baseball hat began throwing peanuts at the orange-clad duo.

Sheila Christenson sat two rows behind Lu's group at the game.

"He was throwing peanuts," Christenson said of the man. "He was just cussing, saying, 'F you.' ... That really drew my attention away from the game."

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Suspect in Bryan Stow beating says 'I was involved' in video

Dodger Stadium beating suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood.

The preliminary hearing for the two men accused of severely beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow last year at Dodgers Stadium opened Wednesday with video of one of the suspects telling his mother he was "going down" for committing the assault.

Marvin Norwood, 30, is accused of repeatedly kicking and punching Stow while he was on the ground, causing severe head trauma that left the Santa Cruz paramedic with brain damage. This past March, Stow was transferred from a hospital to a therapy facility. His family has filed a lawsuit and is seeking $50 million in damages from the Dodgers.

The beating drew national attention and put pressure on the Los Angeles Police Department, city officials and the Dodgers to calm fears of violence among fans.

The Stow case took on added notoriety when police initially arrested parolee Giovanni Ramirez for the crime but could not link him to the beating. The case was reassigned to the robbery-homicide division; witnesses were re-interviewed and security video was reexamined, which led to the arrests of Norwood and Louie Sanchez, 29.

On Wednesday, prosecutors played video surveillance from an interrogation room where Norwood sat with LAPD Det. Howard Jackson, the first witness called to the stand. In the video, Norwood is shown speaking to his mother on a cellphone.

"I got arrested for that Dodger Stadium thing," he said. "I was involved. To a certain extent I was."

Norwood told his mother he couldn't say much over the phone, but said Sanchez was also in custody.

He then apologized.

"Pretty sure I'm going down for it," he said. "I'm sorry."


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Photo: Dodger Stadium beating suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

Two men charged in Bryan Stow beating in court


The two men accused of brutally beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow are expected in court Wednesday morning to face the first day of their preliminary hearing. 

Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, were arrested last year and charged with felony assault and mayhem in the attack on Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31, 2011.

Additionally, the two men face federal weapon charges that are punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted.

Stow, 43, a father of two, was wearing a Giants jersey when he was attacked after the Dodgers' opening-day victory over the Giants.  Norwood and Sanchez are accused of repeatedly kicking and punching Stow while he was on the ground, causing severe head trauma that left the Santa Cruz paramedic with brain damage. 

Norwood and Sanchez pleaded not guilty in August and remain behind bars on $500,000 bail each.

Initially, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested the wrong person. The case was re-reviewed, which led to the arrest of Norwood and Sanchez.

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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.


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Four arrested in beating of man in Dodger Stadium parking lot

Dodger Stadium mounted police

A minor traffic accident after the Dodgers’ win over St. Louis on Sunday night sparked a fight that resulted in the beating of one man and the arrests of four others, Los Angeles police said.

The beating victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital and released, police said. A pregnant woman who was a passenger in his car was taken to the hospital for observation as a precaution and also was released.

Occupants of the other vehicle, four men in their 20s, were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and were being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, Los Angeles police officer Bruce Borihanh said Monday.

“There is a lot of security at Dodger Stadium, and they were able to respond pretty quickly,” he said.

Sunday’s incident was far less serious than one at last year’s opening day, when San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered brain damage after he was attacked and beaten following the game.

Stow, 43, has undergone surgeries and intensive rehabilitation but continues to struggle with simple tasks. After a lengthy investigation, police arrested two men who have been charged in the attack and are awaiting trial.


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Photo: This April 10 file photo shows LAPD mounted patrol officers Steve Cooper, left, and Roger Johnson watching Dodger fans arrive for the home opener at Dodger Stadium. A driver was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after a weekend game and four people were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said Monday. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press.

Steve Lopez: For Dodgers and Junior Seau, all about money

The new owners of the Dodgers

Steve LopezHere's a morning double-header, something on the Dodgers and something on San Diego Charger legend Junior Seau:

It was nice to see that the new Dodgers owners kicked Frank McCourt around Wednesday, promising he won't get a nickel from parking revenues. And it was nice to hear the parking fee will be dropped from $15 to $10.

But if you polled the fans, I think they'd rather be able to buy a hot dog without missing half the game while standing in those ridiculous lines. The new owners said they're working on that, too, but what's there to work on?

Fire Levy, which has the contract, if they don't come up with a better system immediately. You order your food, and the clerk has to personally roam the concession box like it's an Easter egg hunt. Then begins the checkout.

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Fans at Dodgers' home opener feel more ‘positive energy’

Fans at Dodgers' home opener feel more ‘positive energy’

A sold-out crowd of fans buoyed by the hope of new ownership helped the Los Angeles Dodgers usher in a new season and finally turn the page on last season, marred by the team's bankruptcy and the brutal parking lot beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

As the team prepared to take the field Tuesday afternoon, many fans at Dodgers Stadium spoke of the renewed loyalty that comes with a new baseball season.

Randy Padilla surveyed the scene from the top deck of Dodger Stadium. He said he supported the team even when others had turned their backs, disgusted with owner Frank McCourt.

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"I was hurt as a Dodgers fan," said Padilla, a Metropolitan Water District employee who was attending the game with friends and family and has been coming to the stadium since the late 1960s. "But the Dodgers are more than ownership. Owners come and go. I didn't want to leave my players. This is my team. It's in my heart. It's in my blood. We weathered this and I want to get to the next chapter."

The mood among fans was light-hearted as they waited for the game to begin. Many spoke of optimism about the team's fortunes with new ownership on the horizon.

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