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D.A.: Stow's attackers accosted him twice

Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 10:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Bryan Stow and his fellow Giants fan friends had a confrontation with two men on opening day of this season and then walked away, only to be jumped a few minutes later by the two assailants, the Los Angeles District Attorney alleges in a court filing.

Stow, 42, was critically beaten by two men after the Dodgers and Giants played on opening day in Dodger Stadium. According to the court filing, Stow's head violently cracked the concrete after he was punched in the side of the face and he immediately went unconscious. The men still allegedly kicked him in the head several times, even after he was unconscious. This came a few minutes after an initial confrontation between the two groups of fans resulted in no physical violence, according to the D.A.

Authorities for the first time provided a detailed description of the allegations against Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- who have been arrested and charged in the case -- in a motion opposing a reduction of the $500,000 bail set for Sanchez, who is the accused leader of the beating. The request to reduce bail has been continued until Sanchez's August 10 arraignment.

More details have emerged as to how the altercation began. From the Associated Press:
The trouble began inside the stadium, when Sanchez threw a soda at a woman. When her companion yelled at Sanchez, Norwood had to hold Sanchez back to stop him from attacking the man, the document states.

After the game, Sanchez ran to a group of young Giants fans and swung his fist at one of them, prosecutors said.

Then, Stow and a group of friends walked past as Sanchez stood by his sister's car. Sanchez punched a man identified as Matthew Lee, the document states, then chased Stow and others several hundred feet before hitting another man identified as Allen Jeffrey Bradford and turning his attention to Stow.
After the beating, Norwood allegedly stood over Stow and asked "who else wants to fight?"

Lee was deemed a key witness in the prosecution's case, but he died suddenly Sunday. Stow remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Hat-tip: USA Today

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