Police: Arrest in altercation that seriously injured 49ers fan


Authorities say a suspect was arrested in an altercation that seriously injured a San Francisco 49ers fan in a parking lot outside SoFi Stadium during last weekend’s NFC Championship game between the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

LOS ANGELES – A suspect has been arrested in an altercation that seriously injured a San Francisco 49ers fan in a parking lot outside SoFi Stadium during last weekend’s NFC Championship game between the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams, police said Friday.

Inglewood Police Lt. Nicole Loudermilk confirmed the suspect was taken into custody on Thursday evening, but gave no further details. The incident has raised concerns about safety at the upcoming Super Bowl to be played at SoFi.

49ers fan Daniel Luna, 40, had to be put into an induced coma after being punched, fell and hit his head on the ground, Inglewood Mayor James T said. Butts Jr., at a press conference Thursday.

Butts said police are looking for the man who threw the punch based on blurry video and a car license plate.

Luna, who owns a restaurant in Oakland, was mingling with a crowd of about 16 at SoFi Stadium, most wearing what appeared to be 49ers jerseys, when he pushed a man wearing a Rams jersey from behind, Butts said after seeing the video.

Before that, Butts said, “there didn’t seem to be any hostilities.”

When Luna turned to walk away, the man pushed Luna away, the mayor said. When Luna turned around, the man punched him in the mouth, which knocked Luna to the ground and hit him on the back of the head, Butts said, believing the encounter lasted less. five seconds.

“It felt like a little altercation gone really bad,” he said. “One punch and someone falling, banging their head on the ground. It wasn’t like people were ganging up on someone and beating them up.

Luna’s face was fractured and he was placed in a medically induced coma to prevent internal bleeding from swelling his brain, Butts said.

The mayor said the video was not clear enough to provide a description of the suspect, but he was seen talking to people in a car. Security will not be increased because of the incident, the mayor said.

“I’m very comfortable that there’s enough security” in the parking lot, he said. “There is a lot of security in the parking lot. You are not going to stop all the altercations, arguments between fans. It just won’t happen.

The Rams beat the 49ers on Sunday 20-17 to qualify for the Super Bowl, where they will face the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13.

The attack was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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