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Two stabbed, one beaten in fight outside Near North bars

Two men were stabbed, another badly beaten and a fourth arrested early Sunday morning after a fight on Division Street spilled over onto State Street, according to police.

An officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries that didn't require hospitalization while trying to make the arrest on a 24-year-old man, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The man who was arrested violently resisted arrest after police arrived to the fight, another officer said.

The confrontation started after 4 a.m. on Division Street in an area crowded with bars that has a vibrant nightlife, police sources said, and the three men injured and the fourth in custody are all gang members.

The three with injuries were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

The two stabbed, 31 and 36, are both in critical condition, Mirabelli said. Police weren't immediately able to provide the age of the third person battered, whose condition has stabilized. He is a brother to one of the men stabbed, Mirabelli said.

Detectives arrived at the scene just before 6 a.m. Police recovered a knife during their investigation and the man in custody violently resisted arrest, according to police sources.

Police are investigating whether the four were mutual combatants. The 24-year-old in custody will likely face aggravated battery and resisting arrest charges, along with charges for battering a police officer, Mirabelli said.

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