It all started over a parking stall, and as police arrived at a West Valley mosque Friday they found a ruckus in the parking lot.

The afternoon prayer services had just let out at the mosque located at 10191 W. Parkway Blvd. when tempers began to flare.

Joseph Saif, 27, began honking at a car carrying Mohammed Afribi, 23, and a 17-year-old. Eventually the two parties were out of their cars and confronting one another and a fight started, said Lt. Dalan Taylor with the West Valley Police Department.

About 100 people were in the parking lot watching, hollering and pointing fingers, with some there actually engaged in fighting, said Taylor. At some point early in the fight Saif took out a box cutter and Afribi brandished a knife, according to Taylor.

The fight led to minor injuries. No one involved was sent to a hospital and wounds were treated at the scene.

Police arrived at the Mosque at about 2:30 p.m. and began to breakup those fighting and those watching. It took officers about 10 minutes to get the group under control so they could begin to gather details about the confrontation.

"It sounded like a pretty chaotic scene when the officers first arrived," Taylor said. "It took a little bit to get the crowd to settle down, but once everyone was calm it was resolved."

Both Afribi and Saif were booked on suspicion of aggravated assault. The 17-year-old was also booked on suspicion of aggravated assault and was taken to a juvenile detention center, Taylor said.


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