Man charged in opening day beating at Dodger Stadium

By Alex A. Alonso
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
May 23, 2011 | 5:31 p.m.

Even though 6,000 hours were spent investigating the Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium by 20 Los Angeles Police Detectives, it was a tip by a parole agent that led to the arrest of Giovanni Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles.

Recent tattoo work and the birth mark on the face of Ramirez, raised the attention and the curiosity of the parole agent, that eventually led to the Sunday morning arrest of Ramirez in an East Hollywood neighborhood in the Rampart division of the LAPD.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Ramirez is a documented gang member of Varrio Nueva Estrada, a Boyle Heights gang located in public housing projects of Estrada Courts. Ramirez has three prior convictions going back to 1998 when he was convicted of attempted robbery when he was 18-years old. The following year he received a robbery conviction and his most recent prior is a 2005 violation of shooting a gun in a public place.

Ramirez was taken into custody on the 800 block of North Mariposa in a neighborhood close to the Hollywood click of Mara Salvatrucha, a gang not associated with VNE. This part of the Rampart Division of the LAPD has just three gangs, and the gang presences is not as pronounced as the southern section of Rampart.

Ramirez is being held on $1 million bail but he has a parole hold that will prevent his release if he decides to make bail. Although the police bulletin states that the suspects are wanted for attempted murder of Stow, Ramirez thus far is charged only with assault with a deadly weapon, with his shoe being the weapon. The beating of Stow on March 31 after opening day at Dogder Stadium caused severe head injuries and as a result, he was placed into a medically induced coma by his medical team.

The LAPD spent in the range of $300,000 to $500,000 investigating this beating, far more that what most murder investigations receive. The 300 billboards that went up showing the composite sketches of the suspect generated over 600 leads but no one from the public has come forward thus far. Unless someone from the public leads the police to the remaining suspects, no one will received the $200,000 reward.

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3 Comments for “Man charged in opening day beating at Dodger Stadium”

  1. drip

    the neighborhood he was arrested in is not mara salvatrucha turf. it is actually clanton 14th street turf. thats probably the most gang infested block in hollywood! its a wide blank street with huge apartments most of them are section 8 buildings. the street is mostly mexican with a few salvadorians, armenians, asians and blacks on it. back in the day (1980’s and back) that block was a nice street. now sh*% dont get caught there after dark.

  2. VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA X3 GANG

    The BIG
    …=VARRIO NUEVO ESTRADA =…
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