LAPD chief: Right person arrested for Stow beating

A sketch of the suspect in the Bryan Stow beating (left) and a booking photo of Giovanni Ramirez from a previous arrest (right). The photo was leaked from his parole file to several media organizations by an unknown Los Angeles-area law enforcement official.
May 26, 2011 3:28:59 PM PDT
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Thursday morning gave the media an update on the investigation into the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow. The press conference comes one day after a police lineup with witnesses to the March 31 attack at Dodgers stadium. Beck says he is confident the right person has been arrested for the vicious crime.

"Giovanni Ramirez is, was and has been our primary suspected in the Stow beating," Beck said.

He said a booking photo that surfaced did not influence the validity of the lineup results.

"A: We don't believe the people involved with the lineup saw the photo and B: we believe there are admonishments and instructions through the lineup process which would preclude that photo had they seen it, from influencing their decision," Beck said.

Ramirez has not yet been charged with the crime but is in custody for a parole violation and is being help on $1 million bail. His lawyer said last night that Ramirez was with his son the night of the attack and has never been to Dodger Stadium.

Beck says police will present their case to the district attorney in the near future and it does include more than eyewitness testimony.

"We are still looking at over 700 clues that have come in from the public and still devoting every and all available resource to making sure that we get to the truth of this," Beck said.

Editorial Note: The booking photo of Giovanni Ramirez is from a previous arrest and was leaked from his parole file to several media organizations by an unknown Los Angeles-area law enforcement official. The image was withheld from publication until Wednesday evening at the request of the LAPD.


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