Suspect arrested at SoFi stadium, 49ers fans fall into coma

Inglewood, California-February 3: SoFi Stadium's Super Bowl parking space is very small as stage and event space occupy several parcels. Owners of nearby homes and businesses may open their property for parking, but it is very expensive.  Taken on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.  (Myeong J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Officials said the suspect was detained outside SoFi Stadium on Sunday, but little additional details were provided. (Myeong J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Suspect was arrested in connection with SoFi stadium attack Officials said San Francisco 49ers fans fell into a medically-induced coma.

Lieutenant Nicole Loudermilk of the Inglewood Police Department said the suspect had been detained Thursday night, but did not provide details about the arrest.

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said the suspect was arrested at his home in Montebello after a surveillance video showed the suspect’s car in the stadium and provided his license number to the authorities. CBS2 reported..

The suspect’s name has not been disclosed.

Fan 40-year-old Daniel Luna was hospitalized after being found bleeding in the stadium parking lot about 30 minutes before the Rams-49ers showdown on Sunday.

Staff Faced with more and more scrutiny This week, I didn’t inform the public about the incident for a few days. At a press conference Thursday night, Butts said a video of people mingling in the parking lot appeared when Luna was allegedly pushing a man in a Rams jersey from behind.

The suspect then pushed Luna from behind and hit him with a “mouth”, Butts said. After that, Luna fell to the ground and hit her head.

Inglewood police sources told the Times that the suspect was claiming self-defense.

Luna is the owner of Auckland restaurant Mistura. According to a friend, he flew to LA and joined the game alone after being canceled by other fans accompanying him.

Luna’s wife, who arrived at the hospital on Wednesday, said on a short phone that she couldn’t speak angry.

Inglewood Police Lieutenant Jeffrey Meeks denied that there was an attempt to cover up Luna’s beating in preparation for the Super Bowl. Held at the stadium on February 13th.. It took three days and an inquiry from the Times before the authorities confirmed the case.

“There is nothing to hide,” Meeks said, saying the department’s silence is in line with the standard practice of ongoing investigations.

Law enforcement experts said it was not conscientious for authorities to delay the exposure of the case.

“The perpetrators are a public safety hazard and a threat to the community, so we need to make that information publicly available,” said Horace Frank, a former Los Angeles Police Department chief who oversaw key game security operations. I am. “You want to detain the person responsible for this vicious attack as soon as possible.”

Butts on Thursday also denied Inglewood wanted to hide Luna’s injury.

“Never. I don’t notify anyone every time someone gets injured … There are all sorts of injuries that occur in the crowd, and you call anyone or hold a press conference. There is nothing to do, “he said.

The $ 5 billion stadium, which opened in 2020, has been viewed primarily as a benefit to the community.Super Bowl is expected to bring $ 477 million According to a recent report, total tax revenue in the Los Angeles area is up to $ 22 million.

Sunday match, Rams saw the best at 49ers 20-17 Over 70,000 people participated to advance to the Super Bowl — Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti — But so far, no video footage of the incident has been released.

The case drew a comparison Notorious 2011 beating Outside the Dodger Stadium of San Francisco Giants fan Brian Stowe.

Butts said it was inaccurate to compare the SoFi incident to what happened to Stowe.

“The situation at Dodger Stadium is unmatched,” he said. “And frankly about that, it looked like a little quarrel that got really bad … It wasn’t like swarming someone and beating them.”

Public health officials, local leaders, NFL and SoFi stadium representatives held a press conference and discussed Wednesday, hours before the Times revealed Luna’s injury. COVID-19 Safety Protocol Because of the Super Bowl, but the case with Luna was never mentioned.

In a statement to the Times, SoFi Stadium officials said they were “noticing and saddened by the incident” and “cooperating with law enforcement authorities.”

The 49ers expressed similar feelings.

“What happened to Daniel Luna has been blamed and we strongly condemn all violence. We know that the Los Angeles municipality is conducting a full investigation and we are as much as possible. I’m here to help them, “the team said in a statement.

This story was originally Los Angeles Times..