Beer bottle assault suspect pleads guilty, faces four years
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – An Orange County man who smashed a beer bottle over a
fan's head following a Chargers-Cowboys game at Qualcomm Stadium pleaded guilty
Tuesday to a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
Ramon Heredia, 42, faces up to four years in state prison when he is
sentenced May 9 by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser. The defendant pleaded
guilty on the day his case was to go to trial.
Joshua Zumwalt testified during a preliminary hearing in December that
he had just arrived back at his tailgate section after the Sept. 29 game when a
group next to his started talking “trash” to his Chargers friends.
Zumwalt said he thought he was sucker-punched from the side, and didn't
know he was hit with a glass bottle until later.
Zumwalt — who was wearing a Dez Bryant Cowboys jersey on game day —
said his group had been friendly with the defendant's group of Cowboys fans
before the game.
The victim denied having to be restrained to get at the other group
before he was attacked.
“I'm not a fighter. I just wanted my point to be heard,” Zumwalt said.
He said he got really upset when a friend was also hit with a beer bottle.
Zumwalt — who is 6-foot-5 — testified that he had about six or eight
beers before the game and three or four at the game.
He said he was “feeling pretty good” and a “little more than
buzzed” at the end of the game.
But “I don't think I was out-of-control drunk,” said Zumwalt, who
denied telling police that he pushed a woman prior to the melee, which was
captured on video by someone using his cell phone.
The footage shows Heredia and an unidentified man striking two men about
the head with beer bottles, according to police.
Zumwalt said he did not see a doctor for his head injury but believed he
suffered a concussion. He said he missed a day of work due to the injury.
The second man seen in the video striking a victim on the head was not