A suspect was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a couple Thursday night after an Elton John concert at Dodger Stadium, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
The victims, who were reportedly in their 60s, were treated at a hospital and both were released, authorities said. Their identities and the extent of their injuries have not been released.
The incident happened after a concert when the parking lot was empty, authorities said. Video of the attack was published on numerous news sites, including TMZ. It shows concertgoers watching from afar as a man in a blue shirt stands over a man who falls backwards on the asphalt. Another man then appears to restrain the man in the blue shirt.
Speaking to CBS-LAman who was attacked described how the attack began after he said someone punched his car’s wing mirror.
“Who hit my mirror?” he remembered asking and the woman, who claimed responsibility, then either hit him or tried to hit him before the man came up and started hitting him.
The victim’s wife said that she was in the car at the time and saw “a bunch of people on top of my husband” in the rearview mirror. When she tried to help, she said, she felt someone grab her by the hair, which “threw” her to the ground and she lost consciousness.
When she regained consciousness, the attackers dispersed. She put her husband back in the car and drove to the hospital. They both suffered head injuries and he suffered a broken ankle and was released on Saturday.
The woman who was attacked also recalled how someone tried to record the attack, getting punched and having her phone damaged by the attackers.
LAPD is describing the “battery and vandalism” incident as an investigation. It is the latest in a series of attacks that have taken place at sports venues in Southern California over the years, including storm in January at SoFi Stadium leaving Daniel Luna, 40, seriously injured.
Dodger Stadium was the site of three particularly violent attacks. In 2011, a paramedic Brian Stowe was beaten by two men and suffered a devastating brain injury. In 2015, a Bakersfield man, Ariel Aufan suffered a brain injury when he was beaten near the gates of the stadium, and in 2019 there was an attack Rafael Reina with “severe brain injury” according to a lawsuit filed on Rein’s behalf against the Dodgers.