The short argument that followed ended when Jason Dendy, 32, of Sandusky, went to help one of his friends. Either Ramsey or Moffitt threatened to stab him, and the friend threw a punch, igniting a fight.
One of the men arrested stabbed Dendy four times when he was on the ground.
His girlfriend managed to pull him into a nearby Ford Expedition, then police arrived.
Firefighters removed Dendy’s bloodied shirts at the scene and left them in the street so they could treat his wounds before taking him to the hospital.
Officer Ernesto Hernandez followed firefighters to the hospital.
In the emergency room, he was able to see Dendy’s wounds: A large slash wound on the left side of his torso from his armpit to his rib cage, a smaller stab wound to his right chest area, a defensive wound on his left hand and another superficial wound to his abdomen.
Dendy was flown from there by medical helicopter to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment, where he remained late Saturday, stable, but in critical condition in intensive care, medical staff said.
Witnesses on Columbus Street Saturday morning pointed police to Ramsey and Moffitt as the men who instigated the fight, and police arrested them for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and fighting.
Officers later added charges of complicity to felonious assault for both of them, and Ramsey was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.