The latest turn in the case of brutally beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow is a bloody jersey reportedly containing Stow’s DNA, which was turned into police by a suspicious dry cleaner.
A Los Angeles Police Department source told an L.A. television station that the jersey does not contain the DNA of Giovanni Ramirez, who police have named the primary suspect in the assault at Dodger Stadium after the March 31 season opener between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. Another source previously told the television station that Ramirez was the one who brought the Dodgers jersey to the dry cleaner.
But Saturday evening, the Los Angeles Times quoted anonymous police sources denying the television station’s report, saying the DNA does not match that of Stow or Ramirez.
Ramirez, 31, is being held in jail on an alleged weapons violation, but since being arrested May 22, he has yet to be formally charged in the beating of the 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic, who likely faces permanent brain damage and remains in a coma at San Francisco General Hospital.
Ramirez’s attorneys told the station that the jersey is further proof that their client was not involved in the beating. They claim Ramirez has never even been to Dodger Stadium, and that his 9-year-old daughter will testify that he was with her the night of the attack.
Attorneys also claim Ramirez had a full head of hair at the time, which contradicts widely circulated police sketches of two attackers with shaven heads.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has insisted in news conferences — including one at Dodger Stadium — that police have a solid case against Ramirez, but won’t discuss the details of why he hasn’t been formally charged.
Police are still seeking two additional suspects in the case — another male attacker and a female who drove them away from the scene. Police said witnesses saw her wearing a No. 16 Andre Ethier Dodgers jersey, and that one of the two assailants also donned Dodgers gear.
Last month, the Stow family sued the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt over a lack of security and dim lighting around the stadium.
The criminal case was transferred earlier this week to LAPD’s robbery-homicide division, which handles high-profile cases like the death of Michael Jackson and the murder investigation involving O.J. Simpson.