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Sketches Threw Cops Off In Dodger Beating

7/22/2011 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the sketches the LAPD used to try and catch the perpetrator in the brutal beating of Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium do not match the two suspects who are currently in custody ... and it may be a big reason why cops focused on the wrong guy.

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As TMZ first reported ... the two suspects who are currently in custody are male Hispanics ... one is in his mid-20's ... we don't know the age of the other. 

We're told the police sketches do not match the suspect in his mid-20's and one law enforcement source tells us both sketches are off.  The sketch on the left has a striking similarity to Giovanni Ramirez, the man who was named the "prime suspect" until yesterday.

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As we reported ... cops have exonerated Ramirez, the prime suspect for weeks.  Our sources say the detectives who initially handled the case went down the wrong path, and the whole case unraveled when the Robbery Homicide unit took a fresh look at the case.

As for why Police Chief Charlie Beck held a news conference early on to say he was "confident" Ramirez was their guy ... sources say as the results of the initial investigation went up the chain of command, the underlings kept minimizing the holes in the case ... so what looked like a solid case against Ramirez was fatally flawed.

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me    

It looks like the LAPD is headed by Barney Fife!

1135 days ago
2.

AndUKnowThisMan    

2nd!

1135 days ago
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Bubbles The Chimp    

Police sketch artist in L.A. have always been rubbish. Everyone remembers the hilarious sketch of serial killer Richard Ramirez that could have been anyone in CA.

1135 days ago
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Kathy    

I know being a cop must be extremely difficult, but it seems when they find somebody who they are "confident" did the crime, it becomes very difficult for an innocent perp to get out alive. Hope they found the right ones this time.

1135 days ago
5.

Luke Warmwater    

Ramirez could prove he wasn't even at the game, so why was he still a suspect? Bad cop work.

1135 days ago
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Nevada Billy    

All they had to do was round up the millions of shaved heads illegal aliens crawling all over California and they would have gotten the perp within the first 30 minutes.

1135 days ago
7.

J    

Dude, all they had to go off of was witnesses and police sketches but they were confident they had the right guy?! WTH? Do you have to have some sort of degree to become a cop, or do they just hire people from the Home Depot parking lot?

1135 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

Nice that the higher ups are blaming the underlings. Stupid unions.

1135 days ago
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Dr. M    

Those damn underlings !
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I hope and pray they have the right guys this time.
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Peace to all
Dr. M
MM

1135 days ago
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Kev the Realist    

Karma is a botch. This moron may be innocent of this but having tatted his entire torso made him a likely target and gee, Guess WHat he is a parolee who has along rap sheet and violated parole, So WHAt idiot pitys this jerk. He is back in prison where he belongs. Get over it people. He is far from a choir boy, stop screaminmg he is being railroaded and complian to the victims of his crimes.

1135 days ago
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Canon    

Looks a bit like Chris Brown! Doubt it's him though as he only beats down women.

1135 days ago
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T_R_D    

"You say my case has a whole big enough to drive a semi-tractor trailer through it. Not to worry, we'll still be receiving the bribe money from the guy that did it." - LAPD

1135 days ago
13.

Rock Singer    

Well, here's to egg on LAPD police chief Charlie Beck's face...sometimes it's best to just keep your mouth shut.

1135 days ago
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samson    

You mean the LAPD "underlings" minimized the fact that Ramirez really WASN'T at the game? Ahh, details, details...

1135 days ago
15.

Tom    

The original sketch does NOT show the mole below his left eye. After he was arrested, the mole suddenly appears in the LAPD sketch. Interesting.

1135 days ago
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