A man arrested in the stabbing death Wednesday of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan was released Friday night from the San Francisco County Jail, according to a sheriff’s deputy at the jail. Michael Montgomery, 21, of Lodi, was arrested at about 11:35 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing Jonathan Denver, 24, near Third and Harrison streets following a game between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at nearby AT&T Park. Montgomery’s release came as San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has asked police for more information before he makes a decision about filing charges in the fatal stabbing.
Police provided the district attorney’s office with the results of an initial investigation, but Gascon said not all witnesses have been interviewed. In particular, he noted that there were no interviews with independent witnesses. Gascon said prosecutors need to be certain they can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt before proceeding with filing charges. Denver, who was wearing Dodgers clothing and whose father was a security guard for the team, was apparently stabbed after an argument related to the rivalry between the Dodgers and Giants, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said on Thursday.
He had been watching the Giants-Dodgers game with his father, brother and two others earlier in the evening but had left in the eighth inning to go to a bar. The death of Denver, who worked as a plumber’s apprentice for North Coast Plumbing, Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. in Fort Bragg, is the latest violent incident to mar the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. In 2011, Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten after the team’s season opener at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and suffered severe brain injuries. Two people have been charged in that beating and are awaiting trial. Gascon said that anyone with video of the incidents leading up to Wednesday night’s stabbing should contact police immediately.
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