SAN JOSE -- A fund was set up Saturday to help pay for medical bills of Bryan Stow -- the Santa Cruz man beaten in the head outside Dodger Stadium after the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Stow, 42, has been a paramedic with American Medical Response in Santa Clara County for about six years. His paramedic partner, Rebecca Mackowiak of San Jose, said she started a fund at CommonWealth Central Credit Union in San Jose on Saturday. She reached out to Stow's friends and supporters by email and Facebook and asked them to donate.
Receiving the news of Stow's attack was "surreal," Mackowiak said.
"He was my regular co-worker and a close friend of mine. He is a really friendly guy and easygoing," she said. "There's not one person in this world who knows him who would think of him as a fighter."
Stow's condition Saturday was unclear, but a relative said he was in stable condition Friday with possible brain surgery ahead. David Collins, Stow's brother-in-law who lives in Scotts Valley, on Saturday declined to comment on his condition. He visited Stow's parents, he said.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects.
After the Giants' opening day loss Thursday night, two men began taunting Stow and two other men who were wearing Giants gear, said Los Angeles Police detective T.J. Moore.
In Parking Lot 2 on thethird base side of the ballpark, the Giants fans tried to distance themselves from the men. Two of them made it away, but Stow was struck with fists on the back of the head and fell and hit his head on the ground, Moore said.Advertisement
The attackers then kicked him and ran to a four-door sedan driven by a woman with a boy in the vehicle, Moore said.
Police late Friday released composite sketches of the two suspects, who were wearing Dodgers clothing. LAPD detective Larry Burcher said they had found, "nothing of great value."
Burcher said, "We're very confident there were witnesses, it happened immediately following the game when everybody was coming out."
Mackowiak said Stow often traveled to Giants' away games.
Stow is a father of two, and she said Stow cared about his patients as a paramedic. The fund was a way to help him as a fellow paramedic.
"We take care of our family," she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
I wish all the best to Bryan in his full recovery.