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Man charged with murder after fight early Monday morning

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The same man has been charged with both murder and attempted murder after two stabbing victims were found by the Bloomington Police Department, following a fight early Monday morning in the 2400 block of West Third Street.

Pedro Jeronimo-Arriaga, 30, was taken into custody by police at his place of employment around 3:30 p.m. Monday and was booked into the Monroe County Jail on the charge of attempted murder later in the day, police said.

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According to a BPD news release Wednesday, Arriaga, a Bloomington resident, has also been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Victor Morales Acosta.

Both charges are in relation to the fight Monday morning.

According to a BPD news release from Monday, officers responded to a 911 call about the fight at 2:46 a.m. Monday. Officers responding to the scene found Acosta, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Arriaga has been charged with murder in relation to Acosta's death.

Police also located a second, unidentified man Monday morning in the 500 block of Basswood Drive. This man was also suffering from multiple stab wounds and was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, according to police.

After initially being in critical condition, the man's condition has been upgraded to stable, according to a BPD news release from Tuesday.

Arriaga has been charged with attempted murder in relation to this incident.

According to police in Wednesday's news release, detectives were able to locate more witnesses to the events that took place Monday morning. Statements from those witnesses indicated Arriaga stabbed Acosta, according to the release.

The motive for the stabbings is still under investigation and detectives are continuing to try and identify all involved persons and more witnesses, according to Wednesday's news release. 

According to the Herald-Times, Arriaga is expected to appear in court Friday.

This story will be updated.

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