Chief Beck confident police have the right man in Dodger Stadium fan beating

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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck stands in front of one of 300 billboards showing a wanted poster for two suspects for the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says he's confident the right person has been arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium on opening day.

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No charges have been filed yet against 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez, who was taken into custody last weekend.

But Beck told a news conference Thursday that his investigators exceeded standards for making an arrest.

The chief says police won't present a case to the district attorney until investigators have what he terms "an abundance of evidence."

Ramirez remains in custody on a parole hold. His attorneys deny he was at the game.

Victim Bryan Stow was beaten on March 31 and remains in critical condition.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


LAPD satisfied with lineup in Giants fan attack

Police on Wednesday said they were satisfied with the results of a lineup to determine whether witnesses to the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan could identify the man suspected of leading the attack.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Giovanni Ramirez had participated in a physical identification lineup and that police would be submitting their case to the district attorney's office "at the appropriate time.

Police arrested Ramirez, 31, over the weekend and he remains in custody on a parole hold. They have not identified a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the scene of the March 31 attack against Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier, who is representing Ramirez, told KCAL-TV Wednesday he believes Los Angeles police have the wrong man.

"I just think it's a mistake," Brooklier said after visiting with Ramirez at the Men's Central Jail.

"He wasn't at the game. I think he's got a tremendous alibi," Brooklier told KCAL. "He is willing to take a police polygraph. I've never had anybody said that to me in almost 40 years that I've been practicing criminal defense."

A parole photograph obtained by The Associated Press bears some similarity to a composite sketch released by police. In the photo, a shaven-headed Ramirez is shown with tattoos on his neck and a small marking under his left eye.

The latest development in the case against Ramirez came a day after Stow's family sued Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, contending the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security and not having adequate lighting in the parking lot where the incident occurred.

Stow, 42, remains in critical but stable condition under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by the traumatic brain injury he suffered in the beating.

Attorney Thomas Girardi, who represents the Stow family in the lawsuit, told KNTV that Barry Bonds had donated money for a college fund for Stow's two young children.

© 2011 The Associated Press.

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