Man stabs five people outside Dodger Stadium after game
Monday August 01, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) A man is wanted for allegedly stabbing five people outside Dodger Stadium in a dispute over the sale of counterfeit T-shirts following the Dodgers' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, police said early Monday.
A fight broke out after privately retained security guards hired to crack down on vendors selling unlicensed Dodgers merchandise approached a group of illegal vendors and wanted to confiscate Dodgers memorabilia that included T-shirts, said police Lt. Ruben Delatorre.
One of about 15 vendors, who were selling merchandise as fans left the parking lot, began ``slashing at people'' with a knife, Delatorre said. The unidentified man fled the scene in a black vehicle and remained wanted by police.
One of the three guards was stabbed in the shoulder and another guard was stabbed in the stomach, police said. Two vendors also were stabbed, one in the stomach and the other in the back, puncturing a lung, Delatorre said.
The four men were transported to a hospital and were in stable condition. Another vendor was stabbed in the hand but was not hospitalized.
The guards, who were not in uniform, did not carry weapons, said Officer Jason Lee.
Police said three vendors were arrested following the stabbings that occurred at about 5:45 p.m.: Vincent Hill, 47, of Los Angeles; Melvin Robinson, 40, of Pomona; and Adrian Herron, 51, of Los Angeles.
They were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and each held on $35,000 bail, Lee said.
Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said the incident was unfortunate.
``As a matter of policy, the Los Angeles Dodgers do not comment on security matters. However, we can confirm there was an unfortunate incident involving an altercation between individuals selling illegal, counterfeit merchandise and members of a private security firm.''
The guards were hired by SportService, a division of Delaware North Companies, which has a contract to sell official Dodger merchandise at the park.
Police were continuing the investigation.
Rule #1: Never bring a knife to a gun fight.
Rule #1(a): Never bring NOTHING to a knife fight.