A 911 call played in court Wednesday, June 6, describes the injuries San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow suffered after being blindsided by a punch. Prosecutors are still facing a problem coming up with a witness who can identify the defendants as the pair who attacked Stow and his friends outside Dodger Stadium after the opening day game in 2011. Patrick Healy reports from Downtown Los Angeles for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 6, 2012.
At a preliminary hearing Wednesday for two suspects accused of beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium last year, prosecutors played a recording of a 911 call made just after the incident.
Wednesday was the fourth day of in a preliminary hearing for two suspects at a downtown criminal courtroom of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
The recording details a 911 call made by a witness before handing over the phone to Stow's friend Corey Maciel:
Caller: Hi, I’m in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium and somebody got knocked out and he’s just lying cold on the floor.
Maciel: Hi, I’m an off duty paramedic. My partner here is also a paramedic – was punched from, from the side. He didn’t see it coming. He’s unconscious. He’s got snoring respirations at the moment. Bleeding out of his left ear. No response to painful stimuli. We need an ambulance right now.
From the beginning of the 911 call, it was seven minutes before Dodger Stadium security arrived followed by paramedics, according to court testimony.
Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two children, is still in therapy after suffering severe brain trauma. Prosecutors allege he was jumped by two Dodgers fans – Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- after a March 31, 2011 game.
The prosecution contends the men twice blind sided Stow and his friends, with Sanchez allegedly knocking Stow unconscious so he fel with his head striking the pavement while Norwood allegedly kicked him and menaced the friends coming to help.
"He started swinging at me and when I would move to the left, he moved to the left; when I would move to the right, he moved to the right," Maciel testified.
During the 911 call, Maciel said the aggressors were wearing Dodgers fan jerseys
"It was a Dodgers fan in Dodgers jersey. There's no way to identify him. If I saw him, I could recognize him, but he's gone," Maciel said during the 911 call.
In court Wednesday, Maciel could not positively identify the men.
Witnesses thus far have not been able to make a positive identification of the pair, but last week prosecutors played a recording of a jailhouse phone call in which Norwood told his mother that he was "to a certain extent" involved in the beating.
Testimony is scheduled to resume Thursday morning, when the prosecuted is expected to play a recording of Sanchez and Norwood in custody with Sanchez reportedly telling Norwood, "Don't tell anybody anything."
The hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence for Norwood and Sanchez to stand trial.
The pair are charged with one felony count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury, along with the allegation that the two inflicted great bodily injury on Stow.
Sanchez is also charged with a misdemeanor count of battery involving a run-in with a female Giants fan and a misdemeanor battery count for allegedly swinging his fist at a young man in a group of Giants fans in the parking lot after the game.
Stow fell back after the attack, hitting his head on the concrete.
Stow is currently "unable to walk, has loss of motor skills in his arms and hands, is unable to carry on a normal conversation, unable to control his bodily functions, and unable to care for himself due to diffuse, severe, traumatic brain injury,'' according to a stipulation signed by attorneys from both sides and read in court.