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Man, 29, Being Held On Assault Charges In Stabbing After Broncos Game

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DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver say a 29-year-old man is under arrest after a violent fight in a parking lot outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High after the Broncos loss to the Chargers on Thursday night.

The fight took place just before 10 p.m. in Parking Lot F, and a chaotic scene followed as fans were still spilling out of the stadium.

Three people were stabbed and taken to the hospital and a fourth person may have also been stabbed, but police aren’t sure who that person is or where they might be.

On Friday morning police said none of the victims are suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Initially police took three people into custody, but now police say Justin Manzanares is the only person being held in jail. He faces three possible counts of aggravated assault.

Denver police spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke said their investigation indicates the fight broke out after a traffic incident in which the suspects were backing out of a parking space and nearly struck the victims’ vehicle.

“It doesn’t appear that this was related to the outcome of the game,” said Warneke said. “It doesn’t appear that this was between (Broncos and Chargers fans).”

Warneke also said there’s no indication this was a gang-related incident.

One Broncos fan said the scene was very chaotic.

“I just was standing on the other side and all I heard was a bunch of noise and people running,” Michelle Mestas told CBS4. “There was arguing and yelling.”

The stabbing is just one of several recent incidents involving football fans.

Earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo., a man died after an altercation in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot during Kansas City’s game against Denver.

In September in San Francisco, a teenage fan suffered a concussion and a broken arm and nose at Candlestick Park after police say he was attacked during the 49ers’ game against Indianapolis.

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

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