Three Assaulted by Gang at Riverside Hookah Bar

Riverside police were attempting to identify assailants who attacked three men at a Riverside bar, nearly killing one of the victims.

According to Sgt. Troy Banks, the confrontation erupted about 2 a.m. Sunday at the Luxor Hookah Lounge at 1450 University Ave., a few blocks north of the UC Riverside campus.

Banks said the victims were pounced on by six to 10 men in their 20s after unspecified words were exchanged.
Witnesses called 911, and officers arrived moments later, but by that time, the aggressors had dispersed and could not be located.

According to Banks, the three injured bar patrons were transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment.

“One victim is listed in critical condition,’’ the sergeant said.

He said the other two men had ”significant injuries’’ but none were life-threatening.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Rick Cobb at (951) 353-7135, or Detective Rick Wheeler at (951) 353-7134.

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