Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of beating Giant's fan Bryan Stowe, who has been hospitalized since the March 31 confrontation outside Dodger's Stadium. The new arrests have vindicated Giovanni Ramirez, previously held as the primary suspect in the case.
Police suspect two men charged with the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium assaulted three other Giants fans at the opening day game and are asking other possible victims to come forward.
Detectives believe the other people were approached by suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood on the west side of the stadium on March 31, a law enforcement official said Monday.
Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, are accused of mayhem and assault in the March 31 attack on 42-year-old paramedic Bryan Stow, who was beaten into a coma and remains hospitalized.
Eyewitnesses told police they saw Sanchez assault at least one of those unidentified men, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Sanchez has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with that incident.
Detectives believe both he and Norwood were involved in the other possible assaults, but no charges have been filed. Sanchez also is accused of misdemeanor battery on a woman at the game.
The official said the woman was wearing a Giants shirt and Sanchez threw something at her during the game. Sanchez and Norwood were charged Friday with felony mayhem and assault charges in the beating of Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz who remains hospitalized with a brain injury.
Sanchez, 29, and Norwood, 30, made their first court appearance Monday. Their arraignment was continued until Aug. 10. The defendants were arrested Thursday in Rialto, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.
Their capture led to the exoneration of Giovanni Ramirez, a man police previously labeled as the prime suspect. Court documents state that Norwood and Sanchez each inflicted great bodily injury on Stow, “causing him to become comatose due to brain injury and to suffer paralysis.”
The mayhem count in the written complaint also alleged they “did cut and disable the tongue, and put out an eye,” but district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said that was legal language and that Stow had not had his eye or tongue taken out.
The case centers on incriminating statements the men have made, the official said. Some people initially reported the suspects bragged about the incident to co-workers, though some are now backing off those statements, the official said.
Cell phone towers and photographs confirm that Norwood and Sanchez were at the game, the official said.
Attorney Gilbert Quinones, who represents Sanchez, acknowledged his client was at the stadium with his family but insisted he did not participate in the attack on Stow.
“He doesn’t fit the profile of someone who would commit this type of crime,” Quinones told reporters after his client appeared in court. Quinones said he could not comment on the possibility of his client being involved in other assaults.
Norwood’s public defender, Lee Rosen, made an unsuccessful request for his client’s $500,000 bail to be reduced to $100,000. He did not immediately address the media.
Court documents state that police found five firearms, including an assault rifle, at Norwood’s home. The document also states that Sanchez told witnesses not to provide information about the beating.