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3 held in stabbing during brawl before USC-UCLA game [Updated]

December 4, 2010 |  7:06 pm

Three men are in custody on suspicion of attempted murder after a brawl broke out before the USC-UCLA football game Saturday. Two people were take to a hospital with stab wounds, Pasadena police said.

[Update 9:40 p.m.: Pasadena police have identified the men arrested as Arturo Cisneros, 44, Joshua Elder, 23, and Steven Radu, 27.

Authorities at first said all three men were being held on suspicion of attempted murder, with bail set at $1 million. They later said the three men were initially arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The allegation against Cisneros was later upgraded to attempted murder, according to a watch commander. Elder and Radu were being held on suspicion of assault on a police officer.]

The brawl started about 4:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 1 at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff was scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Police called to the scene found 50 to 75 people fighting, said Cmdr. Daryl Qualls of the Pasadena Police Department.

Three men were arrested and are being held on suspicion of attempted murder, he said.

The two victims were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital and were listed in fair condition.

One officer involved in breaking up the fight was treated for a sprained wrist, Qualls said.

He said alcohol was involved and that police were working under the assumption that the brawl erupted out of the longstanding rivalry between the two schools.

Authorities said bail has been set at $1 million for each of the three arrested. The men initially were held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon before police decided to increase the allegations, Qualls said.

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