New Arrests In Dodger Fan Beating

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Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:58am

Development could clear initial suspect.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, according to multiple sources.

Chip Matthews, who represents family members of Giovanni Ramirez, and he confirmed the two new arrests.

Ramirez has been labelled the prime suspect in the case.

"I did have a chance to speak with higher-ups tonight at the Los Angeles Police Department and confirmed that two other people have been arrested for the beating of Bryan Stow," Matthews said.

The Los Angeles Police Department could not immediately confirm the new developments.

District attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said detectives have not presented a case to her office yet.

Police had identified Ramirez as Suspect No. 1 when they arrested him May 22.

He fit the description of one of the suspects, but the Los Angeles District Attorney's office refused to file charges.

Instead, Ramirez was sent back to prison on a parole violation.

"What we did was we followed hundreds, of thousands of leads in a case that was very difficult for us,'' Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters at Costello Park in Boyle Heights Thursday night. "There were general descriptions of the assailants but not nearly enough in the way of eyewitnesses that could connect that person to the incident. So the person that was arrested was arrested one, because he had a warrant and two, during the course of that investigation there was some cause to believe that he was connected to the crime.''

Stow, a Bay Area Paramedic, was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on the opening day of baseball this Spring ostensibly because he was wearing a Giants shirt.

Witnesses told police two men were involved and they fled in an SUV driven by a woman.

Since that time, Los Angeles Police have been searching for the suspects --even going so far as endorsing a billboard campaign to try to get the public involved.

Stow suffered critical injuries in the beating and after weeks of treatment at County-USC Medical Center he was well enough to be transferred to a San Francisco hospital where just this week he underwent additional surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the reward amount for information leading to arrests from $10,000 to $25,000. Other contributions included more than $100,000 from the Dodgers, $50,000 from the LA City Council and $50,000 from radio personality Tom Leykis.
 

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