Denver stadium stabbing blamed on traffic incident, not Broncos-Chargers game; 1 person charged

DENVER - Denver police say a stabbing in the parking lot outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High occurred not because of the result of the San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game Thursday night, but because of a traffic incident.

"It doesn’t appear that this was related to the outcome of the game," Denver police Sgt. Steve Warneke said. "It appears that this stems from a traffic altercation in which the suspects were backing out of a parking space and nearly struck the victim’s vehicle."

Three people were stabbed in the altercation. Warneke said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

There were reports that a fourth person was injured, but police said they haven't located any other victims.

Officers took three people into custody at the stadium. Warneke said two of them have been released pending further investigation. The third person, Justin Manzanares, 29, was arrested for investigation of three counts of aggravated assault.

Warneke said officers do not believe the altercation was gang related or gang motivated.

This is second time in three weeks that there has been a violent incident following a Broncos game.

Two weeks ago, on Dec. 1, after the Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, a Chiefs fan was found dead in a parking lot at Arrowhead. Kansas City investigators have ruled Kyle Van Winkle's death a homicide, but said it could be weeks before they know what exactly killed Van Winkle.

Van Winkle apparently left the stadium during the Broncos-Chiefs game and went to the parking lot, where he got into a green Jeep that looked like the vehicle he came to the game in, Kansas City police spokesman Tye Grant said. The Jeep's owner found Van Winkle inside the vehicle and investigators said a struggle ensued and Van Winkle collapsed.  Van Winkle was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Four people were taken into custody for questioning following the incident, but no one was charged.

The Broncos lost the game, 27-20, to the San Diego Chargers.

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