By Joe Piasecki

Santa Monica police have arrested five people accused of stabbing two men during an early Saturday morning brawl on Santa Monica Pier.

The three men, one woman and a teenage boy face attempted murder charges and are being held on $1 million bail, according to a statement by Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Moroso.

The victims, who police say had been fishing, were treated at a local hospital and are now in stable condition.

The stabbings occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on a fishing deck on the far west side of the pier.

According to Moroso, witnesses said there was an argument between the groups before the suspects allegedly attacked the two men and stabbed them multiple times in the arms and torso. Surveillance cameras also captured footage of the incident.

Santa Monica police officers alerted to the attack detained the suspects as they were leaving the pier and arrested them based on witness identifications.

Police identified the suspects as three men from Burbank — Araik Ovoian, 24; Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19; and Alex Akob Akbari, 18 — 21-year-old Agavni Manukyan of Glendale and a 16-year-old boy from Burbank.

Police are asking anyone with additional information about the crime to call detectives at (310) 458-8451 or report an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

joe@argonautnews.com

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