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A suspect was arrested in an altercation that badly injured a San Francisco 49ers fan in a parking lot outside SoFi Stadium during last weekend’s NFC Championship match between the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams, authorities said Friday.
Bryan Alexis Cifuentes-Rossell, 33, was arrested in the investigation of assault by inflicting grievous bodily harm and released on $ 30,000 bail, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. said. at a press conference.
Butts said investigators tracked the suspect through a vehicle on the spot and that after the suspect refused to enter, they went to him and he came voluntarily to the police station, where he was informed of his rights.
The mayor said the case will be submitted to the prosecution. Messages seeking comment were left on phone numbers and an email address believed to be associated with Cifuentes-Rossell but were not immediately returned. It is not known if he kept a lawyer.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety of the upcoming Super Bowl to be played at SoFi Stadium.
49ers fan Daniel Luna, 40, had to be placed in a medically induced coma after he was beaten, fell and hit his head in the ground, according to Butts. The mayor said Friday that Luna’s condition had neither improved nor deteriorated.
Butts said police were looking for the man who threw the blow, based on a blurred video and the license plate of a car.
Luna, who owns a restaurant in Oakland, mingled with a crowd of about 16 people at SoFi Stadium, most of them wearing what appeared to be 49ers jerseys as he pushed a man wearing a Rams jersey from behind, said Butts after watching the video.
Before that, Butts said, “there did not appear to be any hostilities.”
When Luna turned to walk away, Cifuentes-Rossell pushed Luna back, the major said. When Luna turned, Cifuentes-Rossell 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 was found bleeding in the parking lot about half an hour inside Sunday’s game, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“It looked like a little quarrel that was going very badly,” Butts said. “From a blow and someone falling and hitting their head on the ground. It was not like you had people hitting on someone and hitting them.”
Luna’s face was broken and he was placed in a medically induced coma to prevent internal bleeding from raising his brain, Butts added.
“What happened to Daniel Luna is reprehensible, and we strongly condemn all violence,” the 49ers said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We know the local authorities in Los Angeles are conducting a full investigation and we are here to support them as much as we can.”
Security will not be increased due to the incident, the mayor said.
“I am very confident that there was adequate security [in the parking lot],” he said. “There’s a lot of security in the parking lot. You’re not going to stop any quarrel, quarrel between fans. It’s just not going to happen.”
In a statement to the LA Times, SoFi Stadium officials said they were “aware and saddened by the incident” and “worked with law enforcement officials.”
The Rams beat the 49ers Sunday 20-17 to advance to the Super Bowl, where they will play the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13th.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.