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Suspect arrested in stabbing death of Dodgers fan in San Francisco

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Police in San Francisco have arrested a suspect in connection with the stabbing death of 24-year-old Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver mere blocks from AT&T Park and not long after the Dodgers-Giants game on Wednesday.

CBS Bay Area reports that Michael Montgomery, age 21 and a resident of Lodi, Calif., will be booked on homicide charges as soon as Thursday night. San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr says that one other suspect is being questioned and another is still being sought.

Some details on what unfolded, again courtesy of CBS Bay Area:

Denver, who was wearing Dodgers clothing, was with his father, brother and two other people at the time. They had left the game in the eighth inning and had gone to a nearby bar, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said at a news conference Thursday morning.

After exiting the bar, the group encountered a group of Giants fans and there was “a back-and-forth” about the teams' rivalry, Suhr said.

A minor fight erupted but was quickly broken up, the chief said.

Suhr said that what happened next remains unclear, but that one of the groups followed the other group and a second altercation ensued minutes later, during which Denver was stabbed. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died.

Marty Montgomery, Michael's father, told the 'Lodi News-Sentinel' his son was attacked and he stabbed Denver in self-defense.

Montgomery's father also said his son told him Denver hit him over the head with a chair, and in order to defend himself, his son stabbed Denver.

According to the father, Denver yelled "Giants suck," at Montgomery's friend, who was wearing a Giants hat. Then Denver and others attacked his son and their friends without warning.

Denver's death comes some two years after Giants fan Bryan Stow was nearly beaten to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

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