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Two hospitalized after beach brawl near Santa Monica Pier

Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries on Saturday after a fight broke out on the beach north of the Santa Monica Pier, officials said.

Santa Monica Police Department Chief David Hodgson said five people were in custody – although none of them have been charged with a crime – after a “mutual combat situation” broke out on the sand down at the waterline near Lifeguard Tower 14.

“Two groups started arguing with each other,” he said. “They got into a big fight.”

Police arrived and found one person with a non-life-threatening injury consistent with a stab wound. Another person appeared to have a broken ankle. Both were taken to hospitals.

Five other people were arrested. Police, said Hodgson, are “still trying to clarify the events.”

He stressed that there was no danger to the population.

The incident occurred about a month after two German tourists were stabbed and a third person injured near the Santa Monica Pier in late May. A suspect was arrested in that case.

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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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