Arrest made after fight outside SoFi Stadium leaves 49ers fan in coma
Author of the article:Reuters
Publishing date:Feb 04, 2022 • 15 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
A view of SoFi Stadium as workers prepare for Super Bowl LVI on Feb.1, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif.
A view of SoFi Stadium as workers prepare for Super Bowl LVI on Feb.1, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif. PHOTO BY RONALD MARTINEZ /Getty Images
A suspect has been arrested in an attack on a San Francisco 49ers fan last weekend in the parking lot at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
The fan, who attended the NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and 49ers last Sunday, was in a medically induced coma, officials said.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said the suspect was arrested at his home in nearby Montebello, CBS 2 in Los Angeles reported. The licence plate number of the suspect’s car, taken from surveillance video, aided in identifying the suspect and led to Thursday night’s arrest, per the report.
The name of the suspect hasn’t been released.
The victim has been identified as Daniel Luna, 40, a restaurant owner in Oakland, Calif. He was found in the stadium parking lot during the game.
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Butts said video shows a man identified as Luna push a man wearing a Rams jersey in the back. That man then retaliated and struck Luna, who fell and hit his head on the ground, the Los Angeles Times reported.
A police source in Inglewood told the Times that the suspect is claiming self-defence.
Officials in Inglewood were slow to acknowledge the altercation, but Inglewood police Lt. Geoffrey Meeks said there was no attempt to hide what happened with the Super Bowl coming up, the Times said.
“We don’t have anything to hide,” Meeks said, adding the department typically says little amid ongoing investigations.
SoFi Stadium is set to host Super Bowl LVI between the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals on Feb. 13.