The investigation into the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow has been transferred by the Los Angeles Police Department to a unit that handles high-profile cases.
Stow, a 42-year-old father of two from Santa Cruz, was attacked outside Dodger Stadium after the Opening Day game on March 31 against the Giants. He is still in a coma as a result of injuries sustained in the attack.
The probe into the beating had been coordinated by detectives from the LAPD’s northeast division, but on Wednesday the department said its central robbery-homicide unit is taking over.
The LAPD said the case transfer was not unusual for the department.
"As the demands of the case become more complex and prolonged, [robbery-homicide unit] detectives will be better equipped to conduct the investigation," the LAPD said in a statement.
More than two weeks after his arrest, the main suspect in the case, Giovanni Ramirez, has not been charged and is only being held on a parole violation for a weapons infraction.
Police are hunting a second attacker and a woman who drove the assailants from the scene.
Ramirez was babysitting his 10-year-old daughter the day of the attack, his attorneys claim.
Defense attorney Anthony Brooklier said video surveillance will exonerate his client.
The defense is seeking video from a motel in Los Angeles where Ramirez says he stayed a day after the Stow attack. The video would show that Ramirez had a full head of hair the day after the incident, the attorney said. The police sketch that led to Ramirez’s arrest exhibited a shaved-headed suspect.
On Monday, a judge issued an order preventing the LAPD from destroying any video that would support that contention. A parole-revocation hearing is set for June 20.
Last week, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that his department have enough evidence to prove Ramirez is guilty.
"We will present a case to the prosecution, and we will do that at a time that it’s most advantageous to the prosecution," Beck said.
Police are offering a $250,000 reward for information that will lead to the capture and conviction of the attackers.
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