LAPD looking at video of arguing fans

Updated: June 28, 2011, 2:05 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police on Monday were examining a video that purportedly shows the San Francisco Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodgers Stadium being confronted by another fan in the bleachers shortly before he was assaulted in the parking lot after the Opening Day game.

John Stow, Bryan Stow's cousin, said he watched the video and agreed that it definitely shows his cousin.

The other man in the video is a man named Juan Banda, according to a TMZ.com report on Tuesday. He claimed that Stow was inciting Dodgers fans by loudly making off-color remarks about Dodger dogs.

A friend of Banda texted him that he was in the video, according to the website, prompting Banda to respond: "They are not saying they are looking for me ... right? Reason I was arguing w him was because he [Stow] crossed the line."

That account doesn't match with what Stow's cousin says he heard.

"The girl who actually took the video talked to our family this morning," he said Monday. "She said this guy was kinda coming in and trying to instigate a fight with my cousin. Bryan just put his hands up and told him to respect the game. You see his hands are up in the air."

The few seconds of grainy video posted Monday by TMZ.com show a man in a blue Dodgers cap and jersey pointing a finger at someone in a black and orange shirt who resembles Bryan Stow. The man is a foot or two away. The hands of the man in the black shirt are up defensively or placatingly. The Dodgers fan then curses in Spanish and turns away.

"Detectives are currently looking at the video to determine whether or not it's going to be helpful to the investigation and the investigation is currently ongoing," police spokeswoman Jacquelyn Abad said.

Stow, a 42-year-old Santa Cruz paramedic and father of two, was wearing Giants apparel at the March 31 game. Police said that after the game, two men attacked Stow in the stadium parking lot. He was knocked down, beaten and left in critical condition with head injuries.

TMZ.com declined to discuss how it obtained the video.

"We do not release information on our sources," TMZ.com publicist Casey Carver said in an email.

Asked whether TMZ.com had confirmed that the video was genuine and taken on Opening Day, Carver responded in another email: "We confirm all stories that are put up on the site."

It's not easy to watch the video, knowing that his cousin was beaten later that evening, John Stow said.

Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital announced last week that Bryan Stow's condition had been upgraded to serious but his prospects of recovery are uncertain.

Police have said that Giovanni Ramirez, 31, is the main suspect in Stow's beating. Ramirez was arrested in May and recently was sent back to prison for 10 months for a parole violation involving access to a gun. However, he has not been charged in connection with Stow's beating and his lawyers contend that he was not at Dodger Stadium that night.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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