An altercation at Levelz Sports Lounge in the South Side early today led to one man being critically stabbed and another having his hand cut when he tried to intervene, Pittsburgh police reported.
The suspect in the stabbings, Manuel Carde Freiria, 40, of South Side, was taken into custody by both on-duty and off-duty police officers, said police spokeswoman Diane Richard.
According to a criminal complaint, witnesses saw Mr. Freiria stab Jay Barbour, an off-duty Levelz employee, during a scuffle that occurred after Mr. Barbour asked Mr. Carde Freiria not to smoke inside of the establishment. Mr. Barbour was stabbed in the abdomen so severely that witnesses saw him holding his entrails to his body. He was transferred to Mercy Hospital in critical condition.
The second victim, Seth Edmunds, was stabbed in the right hand trying to break up the fight. He also was treated at Mercy.