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Girlfriend of Dodger Stadium beating suspect arrested in Las Vegas

July 14, 2011 |  8:00 am

Las Vegas police have arrested the girlfriend of Dodger Stadium beating suspect Giovanni Ramirez on an unrelated offense, they said Thursday.

Gf The woman has been questioned by Los Angeles police in the past in connection with the near-fatal attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow on opening day.

Denise Piccione pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of possession and trafficking of methamphetamine and possessing a dangerous weapon, according to brodcast reports.

Police have been looking for a woman who was seen driving the getaway car after the beating. Investigators have not linked the woman in custody to the assault.

Stow, who was in a coma for weeks, is undergoing rehabilitation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ramirez, 31, is behind bars on a parole violation. The issue keeping Ramirez in custody is the discovery of a gun in a laundry basket at the residence where he was staying.

Los Angeles police said officers found the gun May 27 as they were serving a search warrant. The alleged parole violation allowed investigators to hold Ramirez while they tried to compile evidence linking him to the assault on Stow.

The LAPD has yet to present a formal case against Ramirez, who was arrested on the same day that the search warrent was served. Police Chief Charlie Beck has said the department, at present, would rely "hugely" on eyewitness identifications that would be challenged in court.

Chris Smith, one of Ramirez's attorneys, has said he would appeal the decision to jail Ramirez to the state Board of Parole Hearings. He said authorities failed to show that his client knew there was a gun in the residence.


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-- Andrew Blankstein

Top photo: Bryan Stow with his children. Credit: Stow family

Bottom photo: Denise Piccione. Credit: KTLA-TV