Los Angeles, Calif. – The man arrested Sunday for the vicious beating of Bryan Stow may have tried to hide his identity by obtaining new tattoos, according to authorities.
Speaking a at a news conference, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said the identity of the 31-year-old man will be released Sunday night after he is booked.
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Police were tipped off to the man’s whereabouts after he met with his parole agent, who noticed the man looked like the police sketches released of the suspects in Stow’s attack, a source told the Los Angeles Times.
Last week, another parolee was detained as a possible suspect in the assault, but he was determined not to have been involved. Nonetheless, the action led several parole agents to compare notes with one of them opining that a different parolee under his supervision may have been involved in the crime.
Thus, the parole agent contacted the man last week for another meeting to confirm his suspicions. When the parolee arrived, the agent noticed he had several new tattoos covering up most of his neck — leading authorities to believe he was trying to alter his appearance to differ from the night of the attack.
After the meeting, three witnesses were shown photo lineups that included images of the suspect. Each of them identified the man as one of Stow’s assailants.
A SWAT team arrived at a West Hollywood apartment complex at 7 a.m. Sunday morning to arrest the suspect. They used loudspeakers and had guns drawn when they descended upon the building.
Stow, 42, was attacked after leaving a Giants vs. Dodgers game on opening day, and was rendered unconscious when he was blindsided by a punch to the back of the head. Two men proceeded to pummel and kick him in the head as he lay unconscious on the pavement. They fled in a four-door sedan with a woman and male child about 10 years of age, according to witnesses.
Stow’s friend, Corey Macial, was with him at the game and witnessed the attack saying it was unprovoked and appeared to take place solely due to the Giants gear Stow and his friends were wearing.
The suspect currently in custody has had at least three prior convictions, a source told the Times — in 1998 for attempted robbery; in 1999 for robbery; and for firing a weapon in a public place in 2005.
Stow has been in a comatose state since the incident over a month ago. He was recently moved from a Los Angeles hospital to a medical facility in San Francisco to be closer to his family.
Anyone wishing to donate to the “Bryan Stow Fund” can go to www.support4stow.blogspot.com or contact the San Francisco Police Credit Union c/o San Mateo Branch, 1495 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, Calif. 94402.
Anyone with information regarding the suspects in the case is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at 877-527-3247.
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