A San Francisco Giants fan who was assaulted outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in March will soon be transferred to a Bay Area hospital, his family and a spokeswoman at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center said today.
Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old emergency medical technician in Santa Clara County, was put into a coma soon after two suspects beat him outside the stadium’s F2 parking lot following an Opening Day game on March 31, according to police.
Stow’s condition has been touch-and-go since the attack, but he is finally well enough to be transferred to San Francisco on Monday at the earliest, according to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca.
A post today by Stow’s family on their website, www.support4bryanstow.com, said, “The day has finally come! Bryan is now stable enough to bring home up north.”
The night of the attack, Stow was walking with friends, who were all wearing Giants clothing, near Dodger Stadium’s parking lot when a pair of men clad in Dodgers apparel approached him from behind, according to Los Angeles police.
Police said the men taunted Stow for being a Giants fan, and then hit him from behind, causing him to fall to the ground.
When Stow’s friends tried to intervene, they were also attacked.
They suffered minor injuries, and were treated at the scene and released.
Stow, on the other hand, was kicked and punched repeatedly by the suspects, according to police. He was put in a medically induced coma after part of his skull was surgically removed to prevent brain damage from swelling caused by the attack.
On May 1, doctors stopped the medication that was keeping Stow comatose. They were considering having Stow undergo surgery but decided against that after finding a slight buildup of fluid in his brain, Saca said.
Stow still hasn’t woken up, but he has shown signs of improving. His eyes have opened and he responds to stimulation, and doctors have reduced his treatment to six anti-seizure medications, Stow’s family wrote on their website.
“He has a lot of eye movement under his eyelids and his mouth is moving more. Could be involuntary…but we’ll take it,” read a blog entry posted on Wednesday.
Police are still searching for the two suspects.
The first suspect is now described as a bald Hispanic man, age 20
to 25, who is between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He is about 170 pounds, with a mustache and goatee, and was wearing a Dodger jersey, dark shorts, and a blue hat with “LA” in white.
He is also believed to have a mole on his left cheek.
The second suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male with
short hair, hazel eyes, who is about 6 feet 1 inch tall.
He was last seen wearing dark clothing, possibly jeans, and a black tank top. He potentially has tattoos on one or more shoulder, according to police.
A third suspect has also been noted as a 20-year-old Hispanic woman who may have been driving a getaway car.
She is described as about 5 feet 3 inches tall, with brown or dyed hair in a ponytail. She was seen with a 10-year-old boy in a newer light-colored luxury sedan with a tan interior, police said.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Los Angeles police at (877) 527-3247.
Saul Sugarman, Bay City News