A Downey man who alleges in a lawsuit that he was attacked in a Dodger Stadium parking lot while trying to exchange information after a minor traffic accident in 2012 is himself being sued by one of the men he accuses of assaulting him.
Arthur Morales filed the countersuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that plaintiff George Cruz was drunk and was the aggressor in the confrontation.
Cruz and Jazmin Navarette, the mother of his child, started the litigation by filing a lawsuit May 20 against former team owner Frank McCourt, multiple Dodger-related entities, and Morales and three of his companions: Alan Trujillo, Ulisis Briceno and Alejandro Briceno.
The Cruz suit alleges assault, battery, negligence, false imprisonment and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, while Navarette also is suing for loss of consortium.
Cruz alleges that he and Navarette returned to their car in parking lot C after a game at Dodger Stadium on May 20, 2012, and were about to drive away when the car ahead rolled backward and struck his front bumper.
Cruz got out of his car to check for any damage and to exchange information with Morales, but the latter “refused to produce his insurance information and repeatedly used profanities to insult Cruz,” the suit alleges.
Trujillo and the Bricenos attacked Cruz and he fell to the pavement, where his head was “slammed into the ground and kicked repeatedly,” the suit alleges.
Cruz alleges there was inadequate security at the stadium even though the team “had reason to know of gang and other criminal activity on its premises.”
Navarette, who was pregnant at the time, witnessed what happened and feared for her own safety and that of her unborn child, the suit says.
In his countersuit, Morales says Cruz was drunk when he rear-ended a car with Morales, his wife and his two small children inside. The suit alleges that Morales tried to exchange insurance information with Cruz, but the plaintiff became “verbally abusive” and shoved Morales’ wife.
After Morales pushed Cruz back to protect his wife, Cruz “sucker- punched” him, according to his court papers, which allege Cruz continued to beat Morales after he fell to the ground.
Cruz later gave untrue information to police that caused Morales to be arrested under false circumstances, the suit alleges.
— City News Service
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