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Rose Bowl stabbings lead to felony charges against 3 siblings [Updated]

December 9, 2010 |  2:29 pm

Three Winnetka siblings were charged with felonies Thursday in connection with the stabbings at the Rose Bowl before the USC-UCLA game Saturday that left two men injured.

Anthony Richard Cisneros, 22, is charged with two counts of attempted murder, and his brother Arthur Joseph Cisneros, 25, and sister Akira Sheree Cisneros, 24, are charged with one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily harm.

[Updated at 4 p.m.: An earlier version of this story and its headline identified the three suspects as brothers. The suspects include two brothers and their sister.]

The trio were expected were expected to enter not guilty pleadings Thursday afternoon in Pasadena Superior Court.

The father of the three suspects, Arturo Cisneros, 44, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder in the stabbings that left two victims with wounds. He was released Tuesday while detectives continued their investigation.

The arrests stem from attacks corroborated by video and witness statements that left Joshua Dirling, 27, stabbed in the cheekbone and Vimal Patel, 24, with stab wounds to his body and came as the city considers cracking down on the hours it allows tailgaters to gather before games around the stadium.

Witnesses told The Times that the brawl erupted after two groups of tailgaters began fighting when a football was tossed and accidentally hit a car connected with one of the groups.

Also arrested in the incident were Joshua Elder, 24, of Temple City, and Steve Michael Radu, 27, of Monrovia, who were charged Monday by the L.A. County district attorney's office with a variety of crimes connected to the stabbings, including felony resisting arrest. Elder also was charged with exhibiting a deadly weapon.

-- Andrew Blankstein