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Suspects in Bryan Stow beating charged

July 22, 2011 |  5:02 pm

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against two men in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger stadium.

Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, were charged with with one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, all felonies. Sanchez also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from a separate incident the same day. The complaint alleged that both men personally inflicted great bodily injury on Stow.

The men remained in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to police records.

The two had been taken into custody Thursday morning in raids on two Inland Empire locations.

A third suspect in the case, Dorene Sanchez, also was arrested Thursday on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact to a felony, police records show. She was released from custody early Friday morning after posting $50,000 bail, records show, and did not immediately return calls for comment.

Norwood, according to arrest records, is 6 feet 4 and weighs 250 pounds, roughly matching the description witnesses gave to police of one of the people responsible for the March 31 assault on Stow. 

Records show that Louie Sanchez is 5 feet 11 and weighs 175 pounds, measurements which also are close to the description witnesses gave of the second assailant. Fontana police described Sanchez as having neck tattoos when he was arrested for drunk driving in 2005, according to court records. The LAPD has described one of the assailants in the Stow attack as having possible tattoos on his neck.

The arrest of the trio marked a dramatic turn in the investigation into the beating on opening day in the stadium parking lot, which left Stow with brain damage. The attack has garnered national attention and placed intense pressure on the LAPD, city officials and the Dodgers organization to calm fears of violence and lawlessness among fans.

In May, police took another man, Giovanni Ramirez, into custody and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck described him repeatedly as the prime suspect in the case. The investigation into Ramirez, however, stalled almost immediately as detectives scoured cellphone records, thousands of images from surveillance camera footage, financial records and hundreds of other possible links and tips, but failed to link him to the beating.

Without any hard evidence, prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges against Ramirez. Instead, police held him in custody for violating the terms of his parole from a previous conviction. Last month, Ramirez was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the violation.

Stow, a father of two, was walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with two friends after the Dodgers’ opening-day victory over the Giants when he was attacked.

Stow, who lives in Santa Cruz and works as a paramedic, was wearing Giants apparel and was taunted by the two men, police have said. One of the assailants blindsided Stow with blows to the back and head, police said.

The two assailants repeatedly kicked and punched Stow while he was on the ground. After he appeared to make progress in recent weeks, Stow’s condition took a turn for the worse this week when he suffered seizures and underwent emergency surgery.


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Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck talked to the press after three new suspects were arrested in connection with the beating of Bryan Stow.

Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times