LA man arrested for brutal postgame beatdown of Mets fan

LA man arrested for brutal postgame beatdown of Mets fan

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LA man arrested for brutal postgame beatdown of Mets fan
The Mets fan cracked his skull when he hit the pavement, a friend of the victim said.

The Mets fan cracked his skull when he hit the pavement, a friend of the victim said.

The 27-year-old Dodgers fan who brutally assaulted a Mets fan after a playoff game — sending him to the hospital with a serious skull injury — has been arrested, LA prosecutors announced Thursday.

Michael Rae Papayans faces up to seven years behind bars for the near-deadly beatdown outside Dodger Stadium on Oct. 9, after New York downed Los Angeles in Game 1 of their Division Series matchup.

His mother was also arrested in connection with the brawl, which began as the 50-year-old victim and three others walked to their car after the Mets’ 3-1 triumph.

Papayans’ mother — who prosecutors did not name — confronted the four men, one of whom was wearing Mets gear, according to a press release.

Her son then joined, cursing out the quartet, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The showdown escalated. Papayans punched the victim, knocking him out, authorities said. The victim’s head struck the ground, causing him serious injuries.

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The beatdown occured at Dodger Stadium after game 1 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets.Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The beatdown occured at Dodger Stadium after game 1 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets.

“Embarrassed to be a Dodger fan as my Mets fan friend is in the hospital missing a piece of his skull after being hit by a lowlife,” a pal of the Mets fan posted on Twitter shortly after the donnybrook.

Papayans’ maniac mother allegedly kicked the victim while he was on the ground. Prosecutors recommended she be charged with a misdemeanor.

Papayans was also arrested just last month in Key West, Fla. when he and his friend, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, got in a brawl after being kicked out of the Hogs Breath Saloon for being too drunk. They drunkenly stumbled into the bar and were refused service, according to a police report.

They were booted from the bar by bouncers after refusing to leave, and during the process got in a brawl in which Papayans took off his shirt and clocked the manager, cops said.

During the melee Carter also choked and punched a bar employee, cops said.

Both were charged with misdemeanor battery and released after pleading not guilty and posting $ 1,500 bail.

Neither Key West cops nor the LAPD could immediately clarify if the Florida incident factored in Papayans’ new arrest.

Papayans will be arraigned March 11 for a charge of felony assault stemming from the Dodgers-Mets fight. Prosecutors plan to seek $ 60,000 bail.

The Dodgers-Mets playoff series will be remembered as one for the ages. Daniel Murphy homered three times in the series that many fans will remember for Chase Utley’s controversial slide into second base in Game 2 that broke Ruben Tejada’s leg.

The Mets won the series in five games, then went on to sweep the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series before losingto the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.

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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested in January in Key West, Fla. — along with the suspect who is also charged with the near-deadly Dodgers-Mets brawl.

sbrown@nydailynews.com

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