“Giovanni Ramirez is no longer a suspect,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Friday afternoon, referring to the investigation into the brutal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow.
He and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also told reporters that charges had formally been filed against two suspects arrested Thursday in Rialto—Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30.
The two were charged with felony mayhem, assault likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.
The charges all stem from the beating March 31 of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.
LAPD police records show that the two were arrested Thursday morning in raids on their homes.
A third suspect, Dorene Sanchez, 31, was also taken into custody. She was released on $500,000 bail and has yet to be charged.
Beck asked reporters “to respect the process” and release no photos of the suspects that could compromise the investigation.
Both Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stressed in their remarks that the “standard of proof” for an arrest is very different than one for filing criminal charges as against a subject.
“The initial evidence has been refuted by investigators,” said Beck, referring to the evidence that was used to arrest Giovanni Ramirez.
“This is about doing the right thing,” said Beck, “even when it reflects badly on us.”
The two The defendants are expected to appear for arraignment Monday in Department 30 of Los Angeles Superior Court.
Earlier Friday, attorneys for Giovanni Ramirez said they would file paperwork to start the legal process to get him out of jail.
His mother and uncle, meantime, expressed sadness and frustration about his arrest and subsequent incarceration on a parole violation.
Bryan Stow, 42, remains in a San Franciso hospital, although it was reported that he said a word earlier this week.