City moves to reward witnesses in Dodger Stadium beating case

Photo by Scott Fajack

Photo by Scott Fajack

The City Council is in the final stages of granting a $50,000 reward to four witnesses who provided crucial information in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium during the 2011 season opener.

Last week the council’s Public Safety Committee approved the Police Commission’s request to pay the reward for eyewitness information that helped detectives track down Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who were sent to state prison last year. A Police Commission summary explained the crucial role played by the main witness and three others:

The witness provided the composite drawing of both suspects and was able to connect both suspects to the crime scene. The witness observed the first altercation between Stow’s group and the Sanchez group. The witness also observed the suspects flee the scene and gave a detailed description of the vehicledriven by Doreen Sanchez. With the information that was provided, the investigators were able to connect the Sanchez group to the assault on Stow. This witness was deemed to be a crucial witness by the prosecution. In addition to the above primary witness, there were three others who provided corroborating and eyewitness testimony that was very important to solving this case.”

The reward is still subject to review and approval by the full City Council.


  1. A timely poetic justice… the new anti-tailgating rules and stiff open container tickets ($300 per citation) are going to fund these good Samaritan rewards.

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    There is a bad smell here. The Police Commission voted to approve and forward the report, but the request to pay $50,000 is from Chief Beck and Chief Beck only. And he is flying it so low under the radar that it should not get paid without closer examination.
    Why does the request list all four claimants as anonymous when at least 2 if not all 4 do not qualify for anonymous protection as their identities are already part of the court record and the public news record?
    How does Chief Beck intend to divide the $50,000 reward cash among claimants A,B,C and D?
    Does he intend to pay all of them or any of them?
    Based on information contained in the reward request and the rules of the Council Motion which created the reward – only one of the four claimants meets the technical qualifications.
    The single most important question to ask Chief Beck about his request for $50,000 –
    What are you trying to hide?
    The Police Commission approved and forwarded this reward request to the City Council on November 18, 2014.
    The Public Safety Committee journaled the request as received on March 26,2015.
    Where was it hiding for 4 1/2 months and who was hiding it and when will an investigator be assigned to find the answers.
    It should not be a difficult investigation. Councilman Mitchell Englander is the chair of the Public Safety Committee and well established as Chief Beck’s lapdog.
    Englander’s committee journaled the report as received on March 26 and scheduled it for vote at the committee’s Special Meeting on March 27, 2015.
    Now it goes back to sleep until nobody is paying attention. Then Council President Herb Wesson will place it on the council agenda sandwiched between 5 other motions that nobody watches.
    This reward is something the chief should be proud to hand out and the recipient honored to receive with accompanying publicity.
    Instead, they are sneaking it through like weasels under cover of darkness.
    And it stinks to high heaven.

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