Three people were hospitalized Saturday night with stab wounds suffered in a fight that began in Pioneer Park and ended on a downtown street.

Lt. Tom Brown said the two men were in critical condition and one was very critical following the fight that began at 6:10 p.m. in the west-side park, which is a frequent hangout for transients.According to witnesses, a man started slashing two other men during the fight in a park, Brown said.

"Two individuals were stabbed. There's also a third victim who was found a block and a half away," Brown said, adding, "All three of the victims who were stabbed were involved in this" fight.

After the two victims were stabbed, Brown said the pair ran east on Fourth South and a third person was stabbed at 150 W. Fourth South.

Officers chased two men, including a 49-year-old transient who was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault. The second man was released after questioning, Brown said. Officers found a 2-inch Army knife that was believed to be the weapon.

An unidentified transient was in surgery and in very critical condition at LDS Hospital with knife wounds, Brown said. Louis Martinez, 22, was in critical condition in LDS Hospital.

Alfredo Martin, 28, also a transient, was in critical condition in University Hospital with stab wounds suffered in the fight.

"It was an argument over a prior situation, prior dealings between the individuals," the lieutenant said.