Saturday, April 2, 2011

Police release sketches of suspects in Dodger Stadium assault

(Los Angeles Police Department)

LOS ANGELES - A paramedic and father of two small children from Northern California may need a brain lobe removed as a result of the severe beating he endured at Los Angeles Dodger Stadium, it was reported today.

Bryan Stow, 41, is in a medically-induced coma today with brain injuries delivered by two Dodgers fans. Stow, wearing San Francisco Giants apparel, was jumped, knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head after Thursday night's game, his relatives said.

"He's not doing well,'' his brother-in-law told the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"They are hoping the brain swelling will go down, but it hasn't and they are talking about removing one of his frontal lobes," David Collins told the newspaper.

Stow is a paramedic who works for an ambulance company in the San Jose area. He lives with his wife and two young children in the Santa Cruz area.

Los Angeles police have released composite sketches of the two attackers, who were 18-25 years old, wearing Dodgers attire and had shaved heads and thin mustaches. One had a small goatee, and the other had numerous tattoos on his neck, said Detective Percy Morris at a news conference Friday.

"There is also a female involved," Morris said. "She was the driver of a getaway car, and there was also a small male child in that car."

After the fight, the two suspects "jumped into a light-colored, four-door sedan driven by the female and fled the scene," Morris said.

The fight occurred in Parking Lot 3, with the two suspects beating the man after he was on the ground, Morris said.

"At some point the suspects attacked the victim and hit him in the back of the head. The victim fell and hit his head on the pavement. But he continued to be assaulted and kicked,'' he said. "The two friends tried to get away but when they saw what was happening, they tried to go back to aid their friend, but the crowd was so dense

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they couldn't get there fast enough.''

Some of Stow's relatives have flown to Los Angeles and are keeping a vigil at County-USC Medical Center, where Stow underwent surgery and remains in intensive care.

On Friday night, Collins told KCAL9 that doctors had removed a portion of Stow's skull to relieve pressure and swelling on the brain. He said the family hopes someone will come forward who saw the attack, or captured images of the attackers on a camera phone.

Two other victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene, Herrera said.

Police urged anyone with information on the attack to call police at the Northeast Station at 213-485-2563.

Josh Rawitch, the Dodgers vice president of communications, said "it is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans.''

"We're committed to having the most fan- and family-friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority,'' Rawitch said. "We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation and we wish Mr. Stow a speedy recovery.''

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told ABC7 that "it's a shame that someone is in critical condition because of a ballgame.''

"Let's not get too serious about this," Bochy said. "We're having a lot of fun out here, we're doing all we can to win, just like the Dodgers trying to beat us, but when it starts getting violent, then it's getting out of hand.''

When asked if there was any stadium that concerned him, Bochy said: "Now it does. It hadn't really concerned me in the past.''

Herrera said 89 people were arrested and cited at Dodger Stadium Thursday, 72 for public intoxication. There were 132 arrests at the 2010 opener. Police also issued 52 tickets for traffic violations, she said.

In 2005, the Dodgers increased security and instituted an 11-point code of conduct, after fans in outfield seats littered the field in response to the arrest of two teenage boys who went onto the field, causing a six-minute delay in play while paper cups and plastic water bottles were removed. The Dodgers show a video at each game on the code of conduct.

At the Dodgers' 2009 home opener, also against the Giants, a 30-year-old man was stabbed in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium about 90 minutes after the game ended.

Arthur Anthony Alvarez was found not guilty of an assault with a deadly weapon charge after claiming self-defense. His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kate Hardie, said her client had been knocked to the ground and that a bottle had been thrown at his car, but Alvarez "kept trying to make peace with him."

Deputy District Attorney David Reinert said he also believed it was a "self-defense verdict'' based on questions that jurors had asked before reaching their decision.

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