L.A. police arrest suspect in beating of Giants fan

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Posted: May 22, 2011 3:58 PM
L.A. police arrest suspect in beating of Giants fan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police in Los Angeles arrested one suspect and detained several other people for questioning on Sunday in connection with the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium.

A police spokesman said the suspect and others were detained during the execution of two search warrants stemming from the assault that left Bryan Stow, 42, in a coma after the Opening Day game on March 31.

No further details on the case were immediately available.

Stow, a paramedic and father of two from Santa Cruz, California, had driven more than 300 miles to Los Angeles to see his beloved Giants play their arch rivals, the Dodgers, on the first day of the season.

Dressed in Giants apparel, he was attacked and beaten in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium by two men wearing Dodgers gear after the game, police said.

Last week, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck revealed that a woman driving the getaway car was wearing a Dodgers jersey bearing Andre Ethier's number 16.

Stow was transferred last week from a Los Angeles-area hospital where he had been treated since the attack to San Francisco General Hospital, closer to his home.

Family members have said he is showing signs of recovery, no longer suffering seizures, but has yet to regain consciousness.

Police and other officials planned to hold a news conference later on Sunday at Dodgers Stadium to discuss further details of the investigation.

Prior to the beating, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and city officials had been roundly criticized in the local media and by talk-radio hosts for lax security at the stadium, where pundits say an atmosphere of intimidation and thuggish behavior had gone unchecked for several years.

(Reporting by Wendell Marsh; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton)