PASADENA – Two juveniles and an 18-year-old were arrested for their role in an altercation following a basketball game at Muir High School in Pasadena late Tuesday. A fight broke out in the school parking lot as students, family and fans streamed out of the gym after Pasadena High School defeated Murrieta Valley around 9:30 p.m., said Pasadena police Lt. Keith Jones. Jarmon Sanford, 18, of Pasadena was arrested along with two juveniles, he said. Muir Assistant Principal Ben Ramirez said two of the arrestees were Muir students, while the third was a former student. A perimeter was set up at Casitas Avenue and Montana Street as authorities searched for a youth who fled after attacking a police officer during the fracas, said Lt. Randell Taylor. The youth was never located, Jones said. The three teens – all of them known gang members – were held on suspicion of numerous violations including assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer, Taylor said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Students who witnessed the struggle said horseplay after the game was misinterpreted by police as fighting, according to Ramirez. “The students started questioning and challenging police, which led to the arrests,” he said. “The students told me they were joking around.” Ramirez added, however, that he believed police were justified in doing “what was necessary, thinking it was a fight.” Police were already on school grounds when the altercation broke out, Jones said. It was unclear what prompted the fight, he said.