A 33-year-old man arrested last month in connection with an altercation in the SoFi stadium parking lot that left a San Francisco 49ers fan in a medically induced coma has been charged with assault and battery, prosecutors said Wednesday , and the 49ers fan came out of his coma.
Bryan Alexis Cifuentes is facing one count of grievous bodily harm in connection with the assault in the parking lot of Inglewood Stadium during the Jan. 30 NFC Championship game between the Rams and 49ers.
“We want to continue to make sure our sporting events are safe for everyone,” Dist. Atti. George Gascón said in a statement. “We will not tolerate violent behavior on what should have been a joyful occasion for our county.”
After 49ers fan Daniel Luna, 40, approached a group of people watching the game in the parking lot, prosecutors said, Cifuentes knocked him out in a confrontation and then fled .
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. said last month that video shows people mingling in the parking lot when Luna pushes another man – later identified as Cifuentes – from behind.
The other man pushed Luna away and then punched him in the face, Butts said. Luna fell to the ground and hit her head.
Police tracked down Cifuentes’ Los Angeles address after surveillance video showed his car in the stadium parking lot, providing a license plate number, Butts said. They left their contact details at his home.
Cifuentes then contacted police but refused to come to the department for questioning, Butts said. Officers then went to his workplace in Montebello, and he “voluntarily accompanied them to the Inglewood Police Department” and was arrested Feb. 3, the mayor said.
Cifuentes is due to be arraigned Aug. 29 at the Inglewood courthouse.
Luna was hospitalized after being found bleeding in the parking lot about half an hour into the game.
A spokesperson for Luna’s family said Wednesday that the Bay Area restaurateur had come out of a coma and was due out of hospital in rehab this month.
Luna is the owner of the Oakland Mistura restaurant. He flew to Los Angeles and attended the game alone after other fans who were due to accompany him canceled, according to a friend.
Officials have come under scrutiny for failing to inform the public about the incident for several days.
It took three days and a Times investigation before authorities acknowledged the incident. Inglewood Police Lt. Geoffrey Meeks denied there was an attempt to cover up Luna’s beatings ahead of the Super Bowl, which SoFi Stadium hosted two weeks later.
“We have nothing to hide,” Meeks said, saying the department’s silence was consistent with standard practice for ongoing investigations.
Law enforcement experts said it was unconscionable for authorities to delay revealing the incident.
“You should release this information to the public because the author is a danger to public safety and a threat to the community,” said Horace Frank, a former Los Angeles police deputy chief who oversaw major security operations. Game.
The incident drew comparisons to the infamous 2011 beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium.
Butts said it was inaccurate to compare the SoFi incident to what happened to Stow.
“The situation at Dodger Stadium is nowhere like this,” he said, “and to be honest, it felt like a little altercation gone horribly wrong…. It wasn’t like if people gang up on someone and beat them up.
Butts said a security guard called paramedics shortly after the altercation. He said he was not concerned about security at the stadium.
Los Angeles Times