Sunday, May 22, 2011
One of the two most hated and sought after men in Southern California was arrested early Sunday morning by the Los Angeles Police SWAT team.
Giovanni Ramirez, 31, a heavily-tattooed ex-convict and documented gang member, was arrested on suspicion that he was one of two cowards who blindsided Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz EMT and San Francisco Giants fan, in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium on March 31 following the season opener between the rival teams.
Stow, 42, suffered brain damage in the attack. He remains hospitalized and in a coma.
Shortly before 7AM Sunday morning, a SWAT team from the Los Angeles Police Department crept into the courtyard of a dreary, run-down apartment building on Mariposa Avenue in East Hollywood. With weapons drawn, the officers made their way toward apartment no. 25 — the rear unit on the second floor.
Snapping the quiet of the morning, they announced themselves with a loudspeaker and ordered the people inside the apartment to come out with their arms raised. Among those who emerged was Giovanni Ramirez, a stocky 31-year-old with a head shaved bald.
Ramirez was booked on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1 million bail. Because he is accused of kicking Stow while he was unconscious on the ground, police consider Ramirez’s foot a deadly weapon.
The Los Angeles Police are seeking a second suspect in the case.
Ramirez, who police said is a documented member of the Varrio Nuevo Estrada street gang, has at least three prior felony convictions. According to police sources, he was convicted of attempted robbery in 1998, robbery in 1999, and firing a weapon in a public place in 2005.
Which begs the question? Why was this scumbag allowed to wander the streets freely and not charged under California’s “Three Strikes Law“?