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Bloodstained jersey is not linked to Dodger Stadium beating case, sources say

June 11, 2011 |  4:41 pm

Stow Law enforcement sources on Saturday denied a television news report that said Los Angeles police had obtained a bloodstained Dodgers jersey that matched DNA from the Giants fan who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium.

KNBC-TV reported that the jersey had been dropped off at a cleaning establishment, which then notified law enforcement.

Such a DNA match could be a key piece of evidence because witnesses said one of the assailants was wearing a Dodgers jersey, as was a woman whom police have described as the getaway driver.

But sources -- who spoke to The Times on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing -- said no such DNA match was found.

The sources, who have knowledge about the case, said that a bloodstained jersey was turned over to police during the course of the investigation, but that DNA tests showed it was not connected to either the victim, Bryan Stow, or the man police have labeled as their prime suspect in the attack, Giovanni Ramirez.

Stow, a Santa Clara County paramedic and father of two, was attacked March 31 as he waited with some friends for a taxi after the Dodgers' opening-day game against the Giants. He was hit in the head, then fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement, according to a lawsuit filed against the Dodgers by his family. He has remained in a coma, and doctors have concluded he has brain damage.

Police arrested Ramirez, 31, about three weeks ago, suspecting him of being the primary attacker. He is a documented gang member, police have said. Ramirez remains in custody, accused of violating the terms of his parole from a previous crime.

Ramirez has not been charged in connection with the assault on Stow. His family has said he was at home at the time of the attack.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Jack Leonard

Photo: Brian Stow and his children. Credit: Reuters