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Los Angeles police asked for the public's help in identifying and arresting two men who critically injured a Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two in a fight at Dodger Stadium after team's home opener against the San Francisco Giants.
The 41-year-old victim, Bryan Stow, was leaving the stadium with friends, all wearing Giants apparel, around 8:25 p.m. Thursday when the two suspects, wearing Los Angeles Dodgers apparel, started taunting them for being Giants fans, Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera said.
Detective Percy Morris, speaking a news conference Friday, said the two suspects were 18-25 years old. Both had shaved heads and thin mustaches. One had a small goatee, and the other had numerous tattoos on his neck, he said.
“There is also a female involved,” Morris said. “She was the driver of a getaway car, and there was also a small male child in that car.”
After the fight, the two suspects “jumped into a light-colored, four- door sedan driven by the female and fled the scene,” Morris said.
The fight occurred in Parking Lot 3, with the two suspects beating the man after he was on the ground, Morris said.
“At some point the suspects attacked the victim and hit him in the back of the head. The victim fell and hit his head on the pavement. But he continued to be assaulted and kicked,” he said.
“The two friends tried to get away but when they saw what was happening, they tried to go back to aid their friend, but the crowd was so dense they couldn't get there fast enough.”
Some of Stow's relatives have flown to Los Angeles and are keeping a vigil at County-USC Medical Center, where Stow underwent surgery and remains in intensive care.
“He's not doing too well,” Stow's brother-in-law David Collins told local reporters.
“He's still unconscious and they just decided to put him in a medically induced coma. They are hoping the brain swelling will go down, but it hasn't and they are talking about removing one of his frontal lobes,” Collins told the Santa Cruz Sentinel early Friday.
On Friday night, Collins told reporters that doctors had removed a portion of Stow's skull to relieve pressure and swelling on the brain. He said the family hopes someone will come forward who saw the attack, or captured images of the attackers on a camera phone.
Two other victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene, Herrera said.
Police urged anyone with information on the attack to call police at the Northeast Station at (213) 485-2563.