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First Suspect Cleared, Two Others Arrested In Beating Of Giants Fan

The search for who was responsible for the severe beating of a San Francisco Giants fan earlier this year after a game in Los Angeles against the Dodgers took a surprising turn Thursday.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, police "arrested two men in connection with the brutal [March 31] beating ... and have concluded that the suspect they took into custody in May was not involved in the attack, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said."

There's a lot that isn't known at this time — including the identities of those arrested. It appears the first suspect, Giovanni Ramirez, was cleared in part by cell phone records showing he was elsewhere at the time of the attack.

The victim, 42-year-old Bryan Stow, had appeared to make progress recovering in recent weeks, the Times says. But his condition "took a turn for the worse this week when he suffered seizures and underwent emergency surgery."

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