5 arrested after stabbing during large fight near Santa Monica Pier

Five men were arrested after a large brawl involving at least 20 people broke out near the Santa Monica Pier Saturday, according to police. 

Officers responded to a 911 call around 2:21 p.m. reporting multiple men fighting north of the pier near Tower 14. 

One person was found at the scene suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound, while another victim suffered a possible broken ankle during the fight, officials said. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

The five men arrested were taken into custody for various charges including assault with a deadly weapon and battery, police said. Their identities were not released.


It's unclear at this time what may have prompted the fight. 

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

This incident is the latest in a string of violent crimes in Santa Monica that is putting people on high alert. 

Just last week, 31-year-old Jawann Garnett was arrested after he allegedly assaulted three women at the beach. A 17-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries, while two others - an elderly woman and a bystander who tried to intervene - were treated at the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427 or Non-Emergency Dispatch at 310-458-8491.