USC-UCLA fan rivalry a factor in Rose Bowl stabbings, police say [Updated]
It took Pasadena police more than 15 minutes to break up a brawl in the Rose Bowl parking lot Saturday before the USC-UCLA football game, according to authorities.
The melee, which sent two people to the hospital with stab wounds and left two officers with minor injuries, broke out about 4:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 1 on the north side of the Rose Bowl.
[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.]
Police responding to a 911 call found 50 to 75 people brawling, Cmdr. Darryl Qualls said. They called for reinforcements and eventually subdued the crowd, but one officer emerged with a strained wrist and another with a minor injury to his ankle, he said.
One man was stabbed in the cheek, and another in the back.
"We believe this started as a USC-UCLA fan issue, combined with alcohol, which led to a fight, which eventually led to the stabbings," Qualls said.
-- Mike Hiserman reporting from the Rose Bowl and Alan Zarembo reporting from Los Angeles