DA reviews arrest of Giovanni Ramirez

Updated: May 24, 2011, 9:39 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office is reviewing the arrest of Giovanni Ramirez, the suspect in the beating of San Francisco Giants' fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, a spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office said Monday afternoon.

Ramirez, 31, who has two prior felony convictions, was booked Sunday evening on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. He was apprehended in an early-morning raid by LAPD SWAT officers at an East Hollywood apartment complex after an intense, seven-week manhunt.

Police said that a tip from Ramirez's parole officer was the key break in the case.

The police generally have 48 hours after an arrest to bring information related to the case to the D.A.'s office, which then reviews the information and decides whether to file charges. Ramirez remains in custody on a parole hold, the spokeswoman said. Bail is set at $1 million.

Because the Los Angeles Police Department continues to investigate the March 31 beating of Stow, the D.A.'s office said it would have no further comment.

Stow remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.

Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said Sunday that Ramirez is believed to be the "primary aggressor" in the Stow beating. However police are still looking for the other suspect in the attack, and a woman wearing an Andre Ethier jersey who helped the suspects flee in a white Mitsubishi or Acura after the attack. Witnesses have described her as a 5-foot-2 or 5-foot-3 Latina in her 20s with brown or dyed hair in a ponytail.

Beck said Sunday that he was confident the LAPD had apprehended the right individual.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Stow's attackers grew to over $250,000 after the Dodgers committed an additional $100,000 earlier this week. The reward is still being offered, as police continue their investigation.

Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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