2 charged in melee before USC-UCLA football game
L.A. prosecutors Monday filed multiple charges against two men arrested in a large brawl Saturday before the USC-UCLA football game.
Joshua Elder, 24, and Steven Michael Radu, 27, were charged with one count each of resisting arrest. According to prosecutors, Elder is also accused of exhibiting a deadly weapon and Radu is charged with trying to free Elder from police custody.
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 who also had been partying for hours.
Matthew Dirling, brother of 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.
[Updated at 3:33 p.m.: A third man arrested in connection with the brawl, Arturo Cisneros, 44, has not yet been charged. Pasadena police said he was being held on suspicion of attempted murder.]
-- Shelby Grad and Megan Garvey