Giovanni Ramirez, the prime suspect in the near-fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, was moved from Los Angeles to a jail in San Diego on Saturday, according to an L.A. television station.
Although Ramirez is was recently sentenced to 10 months in prison for a weapons violation of his parole on a previous conviction, he has yet to be formally charged in the March 31 Stow incident in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium following the first game of the season. The attack left the 42-year-old Santa Cruz father of two with a fractured skull and he is recovering slowly at San Francisco General Hospital.
L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck attributed Ramirez’s relocation to a lack of forensic evidence and the need for extensive interviews. The state Department of Corrections decided Ramirez should spend the 10-month sentence in San Diego.
While police gather more evidence against Ramirez, Beck has repeatedly said police have their man, despite skepticism raised by defense attorneys who say they know several witnesses who can testify he was nowhere near Dodger Stadium the night of the attack. Police also are seeking two other suspects who they believe assisted Ramirez in the brutal attack.
Ramirez was arrested 33 days ago and is now being held at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.