Suspect Arrested in SoFi Stadium Attack That Left 49ers Fan in Coma

Video surveillance has revealed further details about the incident and led to an arrest
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Update on Friday, Feb. 5, 5:35 PM: The suspect has been identified by Inglewood Police as Bryan Alexis Cifuentes-Rossell, 33.


Update on Friday, Feb. 4: A suspect has been arrested in connection with the SoFi Stadium attack that left Daniel Luna, a 40-year-old restaurant owner from Oakland, in a medically induced coma, officials said.

According to Lt. Nicole Loudermilk of the Inglewood Police Department, the suspect was taken into custody Thursday night.

The suspect was identified through surveillance video that showed his license plate number and subsequently arrested at their Montebello home, Inglewood Mayor Jamie T. Butts said.

Butts claimed that Luna was seen pushing a person wearing a yellow Rams jersey from behind, then was pushed himself, turned around, and was struck in retaliation.

Luna then fell down and appeared to hit his head, leaving him unconscious.

The suspect’s name is yet to be released.


Thursday, Feb. 3: Police are actively investigating the beating of 49ers fan, Daniel Luna, 40, after he was found lying in the parking lot of SoFi Stadium during Sunday’s NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.

Luna, 40, chef and owner of Mistura in Oakland, has been hospitalized at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in a medically induced coma. Staff at the medical center reported to police that marks on Luna’s body suggested he was physically assaulted.

Luna was discovered by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics in the stadium’s Lot L about half an hour into the contest, according to Inglewood Police Lt. Geoffrey Meeks.

Detectives are still working with stadium officials to determine further details about the attack.

“They believe he suffered from an assault at the stadium to his upper body and facial area,” Meeks said. “We are relying heavily on video to try to identify the people involved…we are going to leave no stone unturned.”

Luna’s wife is currently with her husband at the hospital but declined an interview with the Los Angeles Times as she was in emotional distress.

The event boasted more than 70,000 attendees Sunday—despite the Rams’ efforts to limit attendance—and saw the Rams come back and beat the 49ers 20-17 to book their ticket to the Super Bowl.

Luna traveled to SoFi stadium and attended the game despite his friends canceling, according to Vernon Hill, a friend in Oakland who is in contact with the family.

Hill said that Luna still had his personal items on him when he was taken to the hospital, suggesting that he wasn’t mugged.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” Hill told the Times. “They are having the Super Bowl there.”

The attack shows parallels to the 2011 attack of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was beaten outside Dodgers Stadium on opening day and in a medically induced coma for nine months. Two men were subsequently convicted in the attack and the Dodgers were found negligent in a civil lawsuit.

Meeked stated that “we have not come across any information” that suggested Luna was attacked for being a 49ers fan.

SoFi stadium has since released a statement: “We are aware and saddened by the incident. Our thoughts are with Mr. Luna’s friends and family during this difficult time. We are working with law enforcement officials in their investigation.”


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