Suspect Arrested For Dodger Stadium Stabbing

By Kurt Helin
|  Monday, May 4, 2009  |  Updated 3:24 PM PDT
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Suspect Arrested For Dodger Stadium Stabbing

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If you can't feel safe at Dodger Stadium, where can you?

With a sellout crowd you would think there were plenty of witnesses, and it would be only a matter of time before someone was arrested after a stabbing opening day at Dodger Stadium.

Arthur Alvarez, 32, was arrested Thursday night at a relative's home in Santa Clarita, said LAPD Capt. Bill Murphy. Alvarez, a reputed gang member, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder. He was being held in lieu of $550,000 bail and was expected to be charged today.

Alvarez, who is unemployed, had attended the Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants with a couple and another man, police said. Investigators said Alvarez and the other man began quarreling, and Alvarez stabbed the 30-year-old victim several times in the arm. Alvarez then fled in a black Ford pickup.


It was this incident and an increased number of complaints about fan rowdiness prompted the Dodgers to

step up patrols

around the stadium before games, cracking down on tailgating parties and other alcohol consumption around the grounds.

But complaints about problem behavior and fans have been something going on at Dodger Stadium for the six years or more. There was a shooting outside the stadium in 2003 and two years later uniformed LAPD officers could be found in the bleachers on certain ticket promotion games.

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