L.A. chief confident in Giants fan beating arrest

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L.A. chief confident in Giants fan beating arrest

May 26, 2011
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles' police chief expressed confidence Thursday that his investigators have arrested the right person as the prime suspect in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, but he said a case won't be presented to prosecutors until there is an "abundance" of evidence.The arrest of Giovanni Ramirez, 31, came weeks after the beating, and nearly a week has passed with no charges filed.Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference he "absolutely" believes he has the right man."I am as sure as you need to be to make an arrest and to pursue a prosecution," he said."There are standards for arrest in this state. We have met that standard, we have exceeded that standard. We have met the standard for obtaining search warrants based on information that we have that has not been made public," he said.Bryan Stow, 42, wore Giants attire to the season opening game between San Francisco and Los Angeles and was beaten into a coma in an attack in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the game. Police said Stow was attacked by two men who fled in a car driven by a woman.Police still are looking for the woman and the second attacker.The beating shocked Los Angeles and triggered an outpouring of aid to the victim and donations to a reward fund. It also prompted a billboard campaign showing sketches of the two assailants. The police department launched a major beef-up of security measures at Dodgers games.Beck said police wouldn't go to the district attorney's office until they make the "best case possible."He said an identification lineup Wednesday went well and "added to our group of evidence.""Giovanni Ramirez is and was and has been our primary suspect on the Stow beating," the police chief said. "We continue down that road in our preparation of presenting a case to the district attorney in the near future. But we will not present that case until we have an abundance of evidence, until we have looked at a number of things that are still being examined."Ramirez was arrested at his Hollywood home Sunday following a tip from his parole officer.Attorneys for Ramirez and his family have denied he was even at the ball game and have said his 10-year-old daughter will testify to that effect. Deputy Chief Jose Perez, speaking after Beck at the news conference, declined to comment on the alibi.Ramirez remained in custody on a parole hold stemming from a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a gun, Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.Beck said scores of detectives remain devoted to the case, more than 700 clues have been provided by the public, tips are still being solicited, and there is a 250,000 reward being offered.Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was wearing an orange Giants jersey when he was taunted, knocked to the ground and kicked after the March 31 game. He recently was moved from a Los Angeles hospital to the San Francisco area, where he is hospitalized in critical but stable condition under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by a brain injury.Stow's family has sued Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, contending the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security and not having adequate lighting in the parking lot where the incident occurred. Dodgers attorney Jerome M. Jackson said the organization has been steadfast in its support for Stow and investigators, but would defend itself against the allegations.

A's spring training Day 8: Top pick AJ Puk attracts a crowd

A's spring training Day 8: Top pick AJ Puk attracts a crowd

MESA, Ariz. — The A’s are excited about 2016 top pick A.J. Puk, that much was apparent by the crowd the lefty attracted for his first “live” bullpen session Tuesday.

Among those watching closely were executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst, manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young.

Puk, who shaved about 20 pounds off his 6-foot-7 frame over the winter, looked strong against a group of hitters that included touted infield prospects Franklin Barreto and Yairo Munoz.

Melvin in particular liked the way Puk, the No. 6 overall pick out of the University of Florida, worked his curve ball into the mix. That’s a pitch he hadn’t used since high school, but he dusted it off back in the fall instructional league with some encouragement from minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson, and he’s working to sharpen it this spring as a complement to his fastball, slider and changeup.

“It’s just nice to have another pitch that’s slower than my other three pitches,” Puk said before Tuesday’s workout.

“It’s a four-pitch mix,” Melvin said. “He’s really starting to distinguish between this slider and curve ball. It was quite a crowd around his cage too. When you’re a young kid you tend to notice that, but I thought he responded really well.”

Puk, 21, is rooming with shortstop Richie Martin, a teammate at Florida whom the A’s made their top pick in 2015. They also lived near each other in Tampa this offseason and worked out together.

Puk comes off very quiet upon meeting him, but Martin warns against being fooled.

“It takes him a while, but once he feels comfortable he’ll break out. You’ll see.”

Melvin was impressed with Puk’s physical shape, saying he’s fielded his position well in pitchers’ fielding drills.

CAMP BATTLE Jesse Hahn will start the A’s Cactus League opener Saturday against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. It’ll be a chance for Hahn to make an early impression in his bid for the fifth starter spot.

“After the year he had (in 2016), it’s important for him this year. We have to show some faith in him,” Melvin said. “He performed well for us the year before. Last year wasn’t really consistent. We’ll try to get him out there and get him off to a good start.”

Kendall Graveman will take the ball in Sunday’s spring home opener against the Angels. Sonny Gray and Sean Manaea both will pitch Monday against the Giants and Jharel Cotton and Andrew Triggs will be among the group throwing Tuesday against the Indians.

PROSPECT WATCH: Sean Murphy, the A’s third-round pick in June, has shown a very strong throwing arm early in camp. Is it any wonder Melvin, an ex-catcher, was impressed?

“The kid can throw, it’s special,” Melvin said. “We really like him.”

NOTEWORTHY: Still no word on when reliever Santiago Casilla will arrive at camp from the Dominican Republic. Melvin said he isn’t concerned at this stage, and noted that Casilla has been working out at the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic and gave a motivational talk to the younger players there.

Cousins thanks Sacramento: 'Wouldn't trade it for anything'

Cousins thanks Sacramento: 'Wouldn't trade it for anything'

The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the All-Star big man to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. 
#LoyaltyisLove #sactownkingforever

Cousins, 26, averaged 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.3 blocks and 34.4 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the amazing people that I have met while out here. I gave it my all for you and you gave it right back. The most amazing fans on the planet and I just want you to know that your support has meant everything to me. It's hard to believe that it was seven years ago that this young kid from Alabama showed up in Sacramento scared and not knowing a soul. As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have met so many amazing people, many of whom went out of their way to make me feel right at home from day one. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today. I don't just consider you all as fans, you all are my family...and a couple thousand miles aren't going to change a thing. Thank you Sacramento. #LoyaltyisLove

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