During the NFC championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers last weekend, an altercation occurred outside SoFi Stadium in a parking lot that wounded a San Francisco 49ers fan. Authorities detained a suspect in the incident and announced it on Friday.
33 years old Bryan Alexis Cifuentes-Rossell was detained and later freed on a $30,000 bond after being charged with assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. said that when the suspect refused to come in, investigators went to him and he willingly arrived at the police station and was then informed of his rights.
Prosecutors will be notified, according to the mayor. Telephone and email messages sent for response on Cifuentes-behalf Rossell’s were not responded within a reasonable amount of time. If he had engaged counsel, it was not clear.
According to Butts, 40-year-old Daniel Luna, a 49ers supporter, was assaulted, collapsed, and hit his head on the ground before being placed into a medically induced coma. Luna’s health, according to the mayor, hasn’t improved or gotten worse since last Friday.
Based on the shaky footage and the license plate of the automobile, Butts said police were looking for the guy who punched someone in a short scuffle.
When Butts saw the footage, he realized that Luna, who operates an Oakland restaurant and was mixing with about 16 other individuals at SoFi Stadium, most of whom were wearing 49ers jerseys, shoved a guy in a Rams shirt from behind.
Prior to that, Butts said, “there didn’t seem to be any hostilities.”
According to the mayor, as Luna turned to go, the guy pushed his back. In less than five seconds, the guy struck Luna in the mouth, resulting in Luna’s fall to the ground and a head injury, according to Butts.
“It looked like a small altercation that went very bad,” he said. “From one punch and someone falling, hitting their head on the ground. It wasn’t like you had people ganging up on somebody and beating them.”
Butts added that since Luna’s face was cracked, he had to be put into a medically-induced coma to avoid swelling of the brain.
According to the mayor, the footage isn’t good enough to identify the culprit, although he was seen chatting to a group of individuals in a vehicle. In light of the event, the mayor has said that there would be no increase in security.
“I’m very comfortable there was sufficient security” in the parking lot, he said. “There is plenty of security in the parking lot. You’re not going to stop every altercation, argument between fans. It’s just not going to happen.”
The Los Angeles Rams upset the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 on Sunday to go to the Super Bowl, and now they will face the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13. The Los Angeles Times originally reported the assault