Police close to presenting case
Los Angeles police on Thursday reaffirmed their certainty that they have the proper man in custody in the Opening Day beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in the Dodger Stadium parking lot, the Los Angeles Times reported. The remarks at a news conference came a day after the attorney for the suspect's daughter claimed that Giovanni Ramirez was not at the game and that several people would provide an alibi for him.
While police refused to specifically address the alibi claim, police chief Charlie Beck did say that the LAPD would present the case to prosecutors, "in the near future." The news conference also came a day after Ramirez, 31, was placed in identification lineups before witnesses, according to The Times.
Ramirez "is, and was, and has been our primary suspect [in] the Stow beating," The Times quoted Beck as saying.
Police believe Ramirez and another unidentified suspect assaulted 42-year-old Bryan Stow in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the Giants and Dodgers played on March 31. The attack left Stow in critical condition with brain damage and led to increased security at the stadium and an outpouring of support for Stow throughout Major League Baseball. Stow remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
"We continue down that road in our preparation of presenting a case to the district attorney in the near future," Beck said. "But we will not present that case until we have an abundance of evidence, and we have looked at a number of things that are still being examined."
Beck added that his confidence that the police have the correct man in custody has not wavered.
"I am as sure as you need to be to make an arrest and pursue a prosecution."
Beck declined to discuss the outcome of the identification lineups, which were presented before multiple witnesses, but did say that the results of the lineups "added to the evidence" against Ramirez.