Lawyer Jose Romero On Giovanni Ramirez Being The Suspect In Bryan Stow Beating: “LA needed a fall guy to relieve some of that pressure.”June 3, 2011 – 6:15 am by Steven Cuce
The media has been all over Giovanni Ramirez as the prime suspect in the case of the Bryan Stow beating at Dodgers Stadium on opening night (March 31st) of the MLB season. Ramirez is allegedly a gang member and had multiple run-ins with the law. The LAPD believes there are three suspects, one being Giovanni Ramirez, another unidentified accomplice and a female accomplice who drove the getaway car during the Bryan Stow beating. Jose Romero is one Giovanni Ramirez’s attorneys and believes his client is absolutely, positively 100% innocent. He insists that the LAPD has the wrong guy.
Jose Romero is not worried about anything in this case as you’ll hear in the following interview because that is how confident he is in his client and the defense team. He feels Ramirez will be exonerated. Romero feels the public has jumped the gun on his client due to the strong publication of this case nationally. The real tragedy in all of this is the fact that Bryan Stow was an innocent family man who was beaten so badly at a baseball game by an undetermined group of people that he is still hospitalized with brain damage. Giovanni Ramirez has not officially been charged yet in the Byran Stow case.
Jose Romero (attorney of Giovanni Ramirez) joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Mason and Ireland to discuss the LAPD believing that Giovanni Ramirez is the main suspect in the Bryan Stow case, on what basis is Giovanni Ramirez the suspect, the unbelievable resemblance between the police drawing and Giovanni Ramirez, Giovanni Ramirez not being at Dodgers stadium the night of the Bryan Stow beating and the insurmountable amount of evidence that Giovanni Ramirez was elsewhere on the night of the Bryan Stow beating.
Let me play devil’s advocate with you for a second. Giovanni has a long rap sheet. He’s been in trouble before. The LAPD feels they have one of the guys. Why do you think they believe he did it?
“First of all when you’re dealing with a high profile case there’s a lot of pressure with a lot of different agencies. A lot of pressure on the chief of police to catch the guy. A lot of pressure with the mayors office to catch the guy. A lot of pressure on the Dodgers organization. A lot of pressure with the District Attorney’s Office. LA needed a fall guy to relieve some of that pressure. I think this town was a little to quick to jump the gun and say ‘Yeah we got him. We got him. Let’s jump on the bandwagon and start pointing the finger.’ Unfortunately and in our society we have a judicial system in place that assumes innocence until proven guilty however I gotta say that really hasn’t been the case here.”
On what basis did the LAPD identify your client, Giovanni Ramirez, was the suspect?
“On the basis that a parole officer thought that Giovanni Ramirez looked like the guy on the billboard that everyone sees driving through LA county sees every day.”
“If I can respond to that you’re specifically referring to a bald Latino man. I bet you this: If I walked to your window over there and picked up a rock and threw it out the window I would probably hit five guys that looked like that. Aside from that if you pay particular attention to the sketch there is a left mole. There is a mole on the left cheek. As oppose to a tattoo tear drop significantly higher on the face of Giovanni Ramirez.”
You guys are contending Giovanni was never at Dodgers Stadium that night and has never been to the stadium in his life?
“That is the contention based on what friends and family members are saying, based on the statement given by the mother being that he has never been a sports guy. Obviously from the tattoos we can take that he loves art. He’s an artist himself. He draws. I believe he may have done some tattoo work himself.”
You’re telling us you have way more evidence then just that Giovanni Ramirez was with his 10 year old daughter the night of Byran Stow’s beating at Dodgers Stadium? What’s an example someone who saw him that night? What difference does people seeing him the day before and after mean?
“Officially we have one shy of a dozen. Yes during the day [People who saw Giovanni Ramirez]. We have witnesses that will account the night before, the morning off, the day off, the night off, the morning after. Sure let me answer that specifically. Our guy had hair the day of the Dodgers opening day and the day after. Right now aside from the eleven witnesses that have already confirmed that Giovanni Ramirez was with them and that he had hair. There are third party neutral witnesses that were in the area, business people, neighbors that in fact recall seeing Giovanni Ramirez and his girlfriend from out of state in the area with hair. In terms of evidence we produced so far I will tell you what we are also pursuing…we’re pursuing video camera footage in the vicinity of Vermont in the 101 Freeway that will in fact confirm that he was not at Dodgers stadium and that he had hair that day and the day after. You can’t grow hair unless you’re a chia pet.”
Listen to Jose Romero on ESPN Radio Los Angeles (Interview begins at 1:45 in the podcast)