Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bryan Stow's Attacker In Custody, Says LAPD Chief

7:29 PM
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police have released the name of a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating of a San Francisco Giants fan two months ago.

Police said in a statement Sunday night that 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez of Los Angeles has been booked for assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail.

Police say Ramirez was taken into custody early Sunday morning as detectives and SWAT team members working on a tip from a parole officer served a search warrant at an apartment building.

Chief Charlie Beck did not know if Ramirez had hired an attorney, and police released no further information on him.

Beck called Ramirez the "primary aggressor" in the March 31 beating by two men of Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic who remains in critical condition in a San Francisco Hospital.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A tip from a parole officer led to the arrest Sunday of the key suspect in the attack on a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium after the rival teams' season opener, a brutal beating that prompted an outpouring of support for the victim and outrage in the sports world and beyond.

The man detained in the early morning raid on an East Hollywood apartment building was believed to be the "primary aggressor" in the March 31 beating that left Bryan Stow with brain damage, Police Chief Charlie Beck said at an afternoon news conference at the stadium that included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Dodgers officials.

An emotional Beck hailed the work of 20 full-time detectives who he said have pursued more than 630 leads in the case so far. The police chief choked back tears as he described getting a call at 7 a.m. Sunday from Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger.

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