UPDATE: Giants fan Bryan Stow beating suspect possibly connected to shooting near Las Vegas 

The man accused in the vicious beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium may be connected to an attempted murder near Las Vegas, according to KCAL, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles.

Giovanni Ramirez, 31, was reportedly named as a suspect in a shooting in Henderson, Nev.

A police report said Ramirez was wearing a blue Los Angeles Dodgers cap and black hoodie jacket, KCAL said. The Henderson shooting was described as a retaliatory attack for the 2005 murder of Ramirez’s daughter.

However, a police spokesman in Henderson told LA Weekly late Tuesday he had no information indicating Ramirez is wanted in that shooting. Ramirez’s attorneys also say they have mounds of evidence to prove their client wasn’t involved, including alibis.

His name was also reportedly mispelled in the police report, though his age and description matched.

Ramirez, 31, is one of two suspects in the attack outside Dodger Stadium March 31. Giants fan Bryan Stow remains in a coma at San Francisco General Hospital.

Court records say Ramirez has a violent criminal past that includes the 1999 attempted robbery of an elderly woman. In 2005, he was convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Ramirez has not been charged in the Stow case but is in custody on a parole hold. They have not identified a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the scene.

Los Angeles police say Ramirez was identified in a police lineup as one of Stow’s attackers. One of Ramirez’s attorneys, Jose Romero,  says he wasn’t at the game, has a tremendous alibi, and is willing to take a police polygraph.

Defense lawyers had given investigators several sworn statements from Ramirez's family members and other people attesting to seeing him elsewhere in Los Angeles when the beating took place.

LAPD Detective Jose Carrillo said investigators had also spoken to some of those family members and they had given conflicting statements.

"I am not worried about anything," Carrillo said when asked if he was confident the case would proceed.

Romero said cellphone triangulation records would further support Ramirez's claim he was not at the stadium, and he said he had statements from local businessmen who say they saw Ramirez elsewhere the day of the attack.

Ramirez was scheduled to take the polygraph Wednesday. Even though such lie detector tests are seldom admissible in court, Romero said the results would help convince detectives they have the wrong man.

"He was adamant he was innocent and has been screaming and scratching to take (the test) because he knows he is innocent," the lawyer said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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