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Stabbing victim critical after downtown fight

A 23-year-old Rochester man is in critical condition after being stabbed three times early Friday during a large fight in downtown Rochester.

Police were called to the 10 block of Third Street Southwest at 1:30 a.m., where witnesses reported two groups of people were fighting, said Lt. John Sherwin of the Rochester Police Department. During the fight, witnesses said, a male was seen running toward the victim and stabbing him several times, before fleeing the scene.

The victim was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus and underwent surgery for stab wounds to the left torso, left upper thigh and groin. He is expected to survive, Sherwin said.

Based on descriptions given by witnesses, a 29-year old Rochester man was arrested a short time later walking under the Fourth Street Southeast bridge. He is expected to face charges of second-degree assault, Sherwin said. The knife has not been recovered.

Several other people were detained for questioning but were released. The investigation is ongoing and police would like to talk to more witnesses who might have left the area before they could be interviewed, Sherwin said.

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