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Arrest in Bryan Stow beating could lead to two other suspects

May 23, 2011 |  7:23 am

Los Angeles police officials are hoping the arrest of a parolee in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium will lead them to two other suspects.


Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was arrested Sunday at an apartment on Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood. He is accused of being one of two men who blindsided Stow in the stadium parking lot March 31 following the season opener between the rival teams.

Stow, 42, suffered brain damage in the attack and remains hospitalized. Ramirez was booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1-million bail.

Because he is accused of kicking Stow while he was unconscious on the ground, police consider Ramirez's foot a deadly weapon.

Police were searching for a second attacker, as well as the woman who witnesses said drove the men from the stadium. Police said it appeared there was a young boy in the car.

Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, called the arrest "a huge step" in the investigation into the beating that rocked the beleaguered Dodgers organization, Major League Baseball as a whole, and many Angelenos who have grown fed up with the sometimes violent segment of the Dodgers fan base that police say is dominated by gang members.


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