Video captures violent brawl before USC-UCLA game at Rose Bowl
Portions of a brawl before Saturday's UCLA-USC game were caught on tape by witnesses. Cellphone-camera footage, obtained by KTLA News, shows fans shoving and pushing -- and also appears to show one man holding a knife.
Two men were taken to the hospital with stab wounds. One remained in intensive care as of Sunday evening.
The fight started about 4:30 p.m. in parking Lot 1 on the north side of the Rose Bowl, where dozens of people had been tailgating and drinking since 6:30 a.m. in advance of the game that evening.
Police called to the scene found 50 to 75 people fighting, said Cmdr. Darryl Qualls of the Pasadena Police Department. It took more than 15 minutes to break up the brawl, and two officers suffered minor injuries, Qualls said.
Witnesses said the fight broke out after a group of tailgaters threw a football that accidentally hit a black Mercedes-Benz belonging to another group of fans that also had been partying for hours.
Matthew Dirling, brother to Joshua Dirling, who was wounded in the fight, said a doctor at Huntington Memorial Hospital told him the tip of a knife was embedded in his brother's cheekbone and that it would be left there until doctors saw how the wound healed.
Police arrested Arturo Cisneros, 44, on suspicion of attempted murder. Joshua Elder, 23, and Steve Radu, 27, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
-- Shelby Grad