Police in Inglewood have made an arrest in connection with an altercation that took place during Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium that left a 49ers fan in a medically induced coma.
The arrest was confirmed Friday by Inglewood Mayor James Butts during a morning news conference.
Butts said that police on Thursday traced a vehicle seen in security video and left information for the registered owner that thew were looking for someone involved in a potential assault.
They were contacted later that day by Cifuentes Alexis, 33, of Los Angeles, Butts said.
Alexis agreed to talk to officers, who went to his location and accompanied him voluntarily to the Inglewood Police Department where he was interviewed.
Following the interview, Alexis was arrested on suspicion of assault by means to produce great bodily injury, a felony, Butts said.
Alexis has since bonded out on $30,000 bail.
The arrest comes nearly a week after 40-year-old Daniel Luna was found unconscious in a SoFi Stadium parking lot and placed into a coma at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Luna’s condition has not improved or degraded since the incident, Butts said.
Security video showed an altercation between a person believed to be Luna and another man wearing what appeared to be a Rams jersey, Butts said during a news conference the previous day.
The video showed Luna pushing a person, later identified as Alexis, in the back and then turning away before Alexis retaliated by pushing Luna in the back and then punching him in the mouth, Butts said.
Luna was found a short time later in the parking lot by stadium security.
Butts said he could not be sure if the altercation had anything to do with a rivalry between 49ers and Rams fans, and that the incident occurred as the game was already in progress.
It was also unclear why the large group of people were still in the parking lot after the game had started but “it looked like a tailgate party,” Butts said.
There was no word whether there would be any further arrests in connection with the incident, or if Luna could face charges.
Butts said no other fans appeared to be involved in the incident, according to what he saw on the video.
Butts also said he did not think the incident would have any implications on safety at SoFi Stadium, which hosts the Super Bowl in less than two weeks.
“I’m very comfortable there was sufficient security. You’re not going to stop every altercation, argument that occurs between fans. It’s just not going to happen,” Butts said during his earlier news conference.