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LOS ANGELES – The family of a San Francisco 49ers fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten during an altercation outside SoFi Stadium last weekend said he remains in a coma Saturday.
Daniel Luna was in the intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after undergoing surgery Friday to ease the pressure on the right side of his head, Luna’s family said in a statement.
“We know he has a long way to go,” the statement said. The 40-year-old owns a restaurant in Oakland where his wife works as a host.
Luna had to be put in a medically induced coma after he was beaten, fell and hit his head in the ground during the NFC Championship Game between the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams.
For several days, police searched for the man who threw a blow based on a blurred video and the license plate of a car in the stadium parking lot. On Friday, they announced the arrest of Bryan Alexis Cifuentes-Rossell, 33, for investigating assaults using the production of major bodily harm. He was released on $ 30,000 bail.
Messages seeking comment were left on phone numbers and an email address believed to be associated with Cifuentes-Rossell but have not been returned. It is not known if he kept a lawyer.
Inglewood Mayor James Thurman Butts Jr., who watched the video, said Luna mingled with a crowd of about 16 people, most of them wearing what appeared to be 49ers jerseys as he pushed a man wearing a Rams jersey from behind.
When Luna turned to walk away, the man pushed Luna back, the mayor said Thursday. When Luna turned around, the man punched him in the mouth, causing Luna to fall to the ground and hit his backside, Butts said, estimating that the meeting lasted less than five seconds.
Luna’s family thanked paramedics who found him in the parking lot and police who investigated the altercation. They hired a lawyer and asked anyone who might have photos, videos or information about what happened to come forward.
“Right now we are focused on Daniel’s care and getting through this traumatic and terribly difficult time,” the statement said. “We want to ensure that these NFL events are safe and secure for all, and that all parties responsible for this tragic and violent attack will be held accountable so that something like this never happens again.”
The Rams beat the 49ers Sunday 20-17 to advance to the Super Bowl, where they will play the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13th.