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L.A. Police Seek Men Who Critically Beat Santa Cruz Man Wearing Giants Gear

A Santa Cruz paramedic was stomped by Dodger fans for wearing his Giants colors to the season opener.

A San Francisco Giants fan from Santa Cruz was severely beaten and hospitalized outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Thursday night following the team's opening-day game.

Bryan Stow, 42, a paramedic and a father of two, was walking with friends near Dodger Stadium's F2 parking lot, at 1000 Elysian Park Ave., when two suspects clad in Dodgers clothing approached him from behind at about 8:25 p.m., Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera said.

Stow's parents, Ann and Dave Stow of Capitola, are with their son at the hospital.

The suspects first taunted the man about his love of the Giants and then hit him from behind, which caused him to fall to the ground, according to police. 

They proceeded to kick the victim repeatedly, causing head and body injuries severe enough for responding paramedics to take him to a local hospital, Herrera said.

The man's friends tried to intervene and were also attacked by the suspects, who are believed to be between ages 18 and 25, according to police.

Two others besides Stow were attacked. Herrera said Stow was last considered in critical but stable, condition Friday afternoon. The other two suffered minor injuries and were treated at the stadium parking lot, according to police.

No arrests have been made in connection to the beating, and no additional suspect information was immediately available.

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants, 2-1, Thursday night.

—Bay City News Service

Joey McMurry April 02, 2011 at 03:17 PM
That is extremely depressing. I don't have a problem with people getting passionate about sports and their teams, but when it comes to physical violence that is unacceptable.
Carlos Rodriguez April 03, 2011 at 01:45 PM
As a native Angeleno and life-long Dodger fan, I am ashamed and embarrassed by this cowardly attack. It's clear to me that this has less to do with a rivalry between to very competitive teams (and cities) and more to do with a bunch of idiots having too much too drink. My heart goes out to the Bryan's family as he remains in my prayers. L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers covers the incident and he's right on -- http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers-20110403,0,2566017.column.
David May 23, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I am originally from San Diego, grew up in St. Louis and live in NJ now. There is no room for violence in any sport. I hope they catch these SUB-HUMANS and send them to San Quentin. In St. Louis and most other MLB cities, this does not happen. Remember "5 cent beer night in Cleveland and the riot that took place. This is what happens when you mix alcohol with people who have the IQ of a amoeba.

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