Blood-Stained Jersey a Source of Controversy in Search for Giants Fan Bryan Stow Culprits


June 12, 2011

A blood-stained jersey brought to a Los Angeles cleaners may be connected to the assault of Giants fan Bryan Stow according to an NBC affiliate in L.A., but another report from the Los Angeles Times said no such tie-in exists.

NBC LA first reported on Saturday morning that a blood stain on a Dodgers jersey delivered to a local cleaning establishment showed DNA evidence the blood was that of Stow, who was brutally beaten on March 31 outside Dodger Stadium. The report also mentions that investigators believe Stow was attacked by two people — one wearing a Dodgers jersey — and then driven away by a woman wearing a No. 16 Andre Ethier jersey, the same jersey that was brought to the cleaners.

However, on Saturday evening the L.A. Times reported that law enforcement sources denied NBCLA’s initial report and that there was no DNA evidence linking the blood on the jersey to the victim Stow.

Police arrested 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez on May 22 and believe him to be a prime suspect in the assault case. Though he has not been charged in connection with the attack, he remains in custody for allegedly violating his parole. Both the NBCLA and Times stories report the blood on the jersey is not that of Ramirez.

Stow remains hospitalized with severe brain damage, though his family members suggest his condition has shown improvement.

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