Three Camp Pendleton Marines were stabbed Sunday after they tried to break up a fight between baseball fans, according to police.
Witnesses told investigators the incident began around 1:45 a.m. near Main and Walnut Streets in Huntington Beach when a woman wearing an Angels’ jersey fought with two other women, who are Dodger fans.
“Things got heated and it ultimately led to a physical fight,” said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitch O’Brien, “It appears when the Marines tried to break up the fight, they were assaulted.”
O’Brien arrested Manuel Alvarez, 23, for allegedly using a broken bottle to stab one of the Marines in the face. O’Brien said Alvarez was in the same group as the female Dodger fans.
Cell phone video, courtesy of bystander George C. Ferguson, appears to show Alvarez stabbing at a man with an object before being pulled away.
Another Marine suffered similar wounds to the face. Both Marines were transported to a hospital and remain hospitalized.
“These wounds are potentially disfiguring,” said O’Brien.
A third Marine was treated in the San Diego area for injuries and then released. All three Marines knew each other and were on leave.
A total of six people were arrested in the brawl.
As of publication time, only Alvarez and Victoria Robledo, 20, are facing charges but police say more charges are likely.
Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call police at 714-375-5066.