Police say an argument between a boyfriend and a girlfriend escalated into a neighborhood fight that ended in two stabbings.
At least a dozen police officers raced to the alley behind the 1700 block of Whittier just after midnight when a neighborhood argument escalated into two knife attacks.
Neighbor, Janie Slate, says she heard the panic right outside her door.
"His friend was trying to see about him and officers were like, get back. He says that's my friend. He says I'm sorry I didn't know they was going to jump you like that...that's why I ran,” said Slate.
Police say the trouble began just after midnight at an apartment on Reinhard Avenue when a couple began arguing over a child. Detectives say neighbors got involved and the fight spiraled out of control.
Police say the suspect, James Pace II, 22, chased the victim, Dequan Hairston, 27, across an alley and stabbed him in the back.
Police say the violence didn't end there. Detectives tell 10TV that Pace was also assaulted with a knife and stabbed in the face.
“I'm like ‘Oh my God,’” said Slate. “There were cops everywhere and a guy under my kitchen window bleeding profusely from his face.”
It's not clear who attacked Pace, but medics took a third man to the hospital suffering a cut to his hand.
Police say the couple involved in the original argument wasn’t even part of the mayhem, and the say the child at the center of the argument did not witness the knife attacks.
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