HUNTINGTON BEACH – A weekend melee that left three Marines stabbed and a woman injured was sparked by a dispute between fans of the Angels and Dodgers, police said Monday.
Six people were initially arrested in connection with the fracas that broke out around 1:45 a.m. Sunday near Main Street and Walnut Street in Huntington Beach.
Four were later released pending further investigation. Two were booked into the Huntington Beach Jail.
They were identified Monday as Manuel Alexis Alvarez, 23, of Downey, and Victoria Robledo, 20, of Norwalk, both arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said in a statement. They have been released on $50,000 bond.
Police responding to the incident found a large fight involving multiple people.
As officers attempted to break up the brawl, they observed Alvarez stab a man in the face with a broken bottle, police said.
Another man who had been stabbed in the fight was found in the area. Both men were hospitalized, and police described their status as stable.
A third man who also was stabbed was located Sunday morning at a San Diego hospital, where he was treated and released, according to police.
All three of the stabbing victims are Marines and were attacked while attempting to aid a woman who was being assaulted, police said.
The Marines did not know any of the people involved in the brawl, police said.
Witnesses reported the altercation began over an argument between the female victim, who was wearing an Angels jersey, and Robledo and another female suspect, who made statements about the Dodgers being better, police said.
A video of the brawl posted on Facebook shows Huntington Beach police struggling to gain control of the large, rowdy crowd. Several people in the crowd can be seen in the video taking photos with their cellphones and heard shouting insults at the police.
“It’s dangerous for police to wade into a crowd to break up a fight because it becomes a mob mentality,” said Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien. “If you are not careful, it can go south. It’s not uncommon for police to get assaulted when they wade into these crowds.”
Anyone who has information regarding the melee or has cellphone video of it is asked to call the Huntington Beach police tip line at 714-375-5066.
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By SCOTT SCHWEBKE / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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