Monday, May 21, 2012

Four arrested for beating in Dodger Stadium parking lot

A driver was beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium after a game Sunday and four people have been arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police reported today.

The driver, a man in his 20's, was listed in stable condition with cuts and scrapes to his face.  The Associated Press reports that the man was attacked after a minor collision with another car as he was pulling out of the parking lot.  Three men from another car also got involved.

"They basically held the victim down while the original suspect kicked and hit him about the head and face area while he was on the ground," said Sgt. David Armas.

A woman in thew victim's car who was eight months pregnant was not hurt but taken to the hospital as a precaution," said Armas.

The parking lot violence comes just 14 months after a San Francisco Giants fan was brutally beaten after last year's Los Angeles Dodgers opening day game.  In that incident, Bryan Stow was beaten into a coma and left brain damaged in the parking lot.  The Dodgers promised to beef up security after that notorious attack.

Armas said Dodgers security staff and uniformed off-duty Los Angeles police were at the stadium Sunday and responded quickly.

The four men arrested were all in their twenties and charged with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon because the victim was kicked, said Armas.  One of them suffered bumps and scrapes to his face, "probably as a result of the victim defending himself," Armas said.

Armas said the four men did not appear to have any street gang affiliations.

"It was just a fender-bender that just got totally out of hand," Armas said.

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