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 â€” sending him to the hospital with a serious skull injury â€” 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.
Papayansâ€™ mother â€” who prosecutors did not name â€” 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 Attorneyâ€™s Office said.
The showdown escalated. Papayans punched the victim, knocking him out, authorities said. The victimâ€™s head struck the ground, causing him serious injuries.
The beatdown occured at Dodger Stadium after game 1 of the National League Division Series against the New York Mets.
â€œEmbarrassed 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,â€ a pal of the Mets fan posted on Twitter shortly after the donnybrook.
Papayansâ€™ 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 Papayansâ€™ 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 Utleyâ€™s controversial slide into second base in Game 2 that broke Ruben Tejadaâ€™s leg.
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.
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