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Tip Leads Police to Suspect in Beating of Giants Fan at Dodger Stadium

Police sketches of two suspects in the beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium. (Photo Courtesy of LAPD)
Police sketches of two suspects in the beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium. (Photo Courtesy of LAPD)
Gary BurzellCorrespondent IIIMay 22, 2011

Update: LAPD officials have publicly identified the suspect as 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez according to the L.A. Times. Ramirez was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail.

The L.A. Times said in their report:

"The suspect in custody has at least three prior convictions, a source close to the investigation said. He was convicted of attempted robbery in 1998, robbery in 1999, and firing a weapon in a public place in 2005, according to the source."

According to several media reports, a tip from a parole agent has led Los Angeles police to one of the two men suspected of the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Stow was beaten at Dodger Stadium after the Dodgers' opening-day victory over the Giants in March.

According to a story on latimes.com:

"At about 7 a.m. Sunday, a Los Angeles police SWAT team descended on an East Hollywood apartment building with a warrant in hand. Using loudspeakers and with guns drawn, officers called out to the occupants of Apt. 25, said the building's manager Maritza Camacho.

"Inside, along with several other people, was one of the men police suspect in the March 31 beating that left Stow with brain damage. One by one, the occupants emerged, Camacho said. The man taken into custody had a bald head and tattoos on his neck and arms, she said, a description that appeared to match the vague sketches released by police of one of the two suspects. She added that he did not appear to resist being taken into custody."

Several media outlets, including CNN.com, are saying one of the men taken into custody is one of the suspects in the beating of Stow.

Stow was walking through the Dodger Stadium parking lot with friends after the game when he was assaulted. According to police, he was wearing Giants apparel when two men began to taunt him.

The men then hit him in the back and head until he fell to the ground.

Stow was then kicked and punched while on the ground according to police reports, and when his friends attempted to help him they were punched and kicked as well.

There has been no statement from police as to the name of the suspect, and so far no official charges have been made.

Read my article from April 1 on how I felt about the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

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