LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Los Angeles Police Department officials said in a statement that they are “satisfied with the results” of lineups that included a suspect jailed in the Opening Day beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in a Dodger Stadium parking lot.
Giovanni Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles — who has not been charged — was in a Wednesday evening lineup in which witnesses to the beating were asked to identify a suspect.
Such an identification likely would be considered stronger evidence than the photographs from which witnesses have singled out Ramirez as a culprit in the brutal beating of Bryan Stow.
The statement revealed few details, saying only that detectives will present a case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office “at an appropriate time.”
Ramirez was arrested Sunday morning in East Hollywood. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon — the foot he allegedly used to kick his victim — and held on $1 million bail. He remains in jail on a parole hold
His attorney, Anthony Brooklier, said Wednesday that he doesn’t blame the LAPD for identifying his client as being involved in the beating of 42- year-old San Francisco fan Bryan Stow, who is in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital with head injuries.
Brooklier dismissed the fact that witnesses identified Ramirez in a photo lineup, noting that “quite often witnesses think they’re telling the truth,” but that doesn’t mean they are correct.
“I just think it’s a mistake,” Brooklier said, speaking outside the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. “He wasn’t at the game. I think he’s got a tremendous alibi. He is willing to take a police polygraph. I’ve never had anybody said that to me in almost 40 years that I’ve been practicing criminal defense.”
The tip that resulted in the arrest of Ramirez was provided by a parole officer, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
Asked how Ramirez could afford him, Brooklier said that “not everything is about money and I believe in this case.”
Meanwhile, an attorney who represents some members of Ramirez’s family said the suspect’s 10-year-old daughter is willing to testify that her father was not at Dodger Stadium that day.
Chip Matthews said Tuesday that he interviewed the daughter, who told him her father was with her and other family members all day on March 31.
“She is a beautiful, smart young lady and she will happily testify about that,” Matthews said. “The believability that she brings to the table will serve him well.”
Two other suspects — a man sought for his involvement in the assault and a female thought to have been the getaway driver — remain at large, police said.