Charges still pending for suspect in Bryan Stow beating case 

The prime suspect in the brutal assault of Giants fan Bryan Stow has yet to be formally charged, pending further investigation that includes witnesses identifying him in a lineup scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Acting on a tip from a parole agent, police served a warrant at an East Hollywood apartment Sunday and arrested 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez as the “primary aggressor” in the March 31 assault that has kept Stow in a coma in Los Angeles and San Francisco hospitals.

For the 48 hours following the arrest, Ramirez was being held on $1 million bail, but now he is being detained with no bail at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center due to a parole violation, the nature of which LAPD declined to describe. The assault occurred in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after the first game of the season between the Giants and Dodgers.

Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, said no charges would be filed until the office receives formal evidence from police.

“We won’t file charges until somebody gets something to this office,” Gibbons said. “We have an ongoing investigation.”

Chip Matthews, an attorney representing Ramirez, told media this week that the suspect’s daughter would testify in court that her dad was with her, not at Dodger Stadium at the time of the attack.

Police are still seeking two other suspects in the case, including another Hispanic male in his 20s and a Hispanic female police said drove away from the stadium parking lot in a light-colored sedan. Police said the female was wearing a No. 16 Andre Ethier Dodgers jersey.

A lawsuit, filed Tuesday on behalf of Stow against the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt, said Stow and his friends were taunted and threatened throughout the game, which continued on their way out of the stadium. The suit, which seeks unspecified damages for Stow’s medical care and raising his two children, blames lax security and dim lighting at the stadium for creating the conditions for the assault.

Stow, a 42-year-old medic from Santa Cruz, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in community and celebrity donations, including money from Giants ace Tim Lincecum, embattled actor Charlie Sheen and former Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who has vowed to fund the college educations of Stow’s two children.

Hundreds of billboards with descriptions of the suspects were put up this month throughout the L.A. region. Stow remains in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com


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