Pasadena police identified the trio in custody as Arturo Cisneros, 44, Joshua Elder, 23, and Steven Radu, 27. Initially, all three were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but the charge against Cisneros was later upgraded to attempted murder while Elder and Radu were being held on suspicion of assault on a police officer, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The newspaper said friends and relatives of the two stabbing victims -- Vimal Patel, 24, and Joshua Dirling, 27 -- said the parking lot fight broke out about 4:30 p.m. over a football that went astray during pre-game tailgating and grew to include 50-75 people.
Patel, a student at Cal State Fullerton, was in the intensive-care unit at Huntington Memorial Hospital, while Dirling had a knife tip was embedded in his cheekbone, relatives said.
Martin Keeley, a friend of Patel, told the Times Patel threw the football to another member of his group and it accidentally hit a Mercedes-Benz belonging to someone in another group.
"I grabbed the first guy I could and wrestled him to the ground," Keeley said.
"It was just people and punches being thrown."
Matthew Dirling, the twin brother of the stabbing victim, said the situation accelerated quickly.
"We were in the middle of it and my brother got popped in the face," he said. "We were having a good time and this broke out."
"It was just drunken guys looking to start a fight," Renee Breceda, who is Matthew Dirling's girlfriend, told the newspaper.
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