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February 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

3 brothers held in stabbings of 2 brothers in Federal Way

Three brothers from Burien were ordered held for investigation of assault Monday, accused of stabbing two men — also brothers — during a fight at the Old Country Buffet in Federal Way on Sunday.

A King County District Court judge found probable cause to hold brothers Joseph Leapai, 26, and John “Phoenix” Leapai, 28 in the King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail each. Bail for their older brother, Faapouaita Peter “Fappo” Leapai, 32, was set at $50,000.

According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the three, the brothers attacked two other men inside the restaurant around 3 p.m. Sunday. The victims’ family members, including their parents, tried unsuccessfully to separate the two groups. Joseph Leapai allegedly pulled a knife and began stabbing one of the men numerous times; when that man’s brother tried to intervene, he too was stabbed, the statement says.

John and Peter Leapai — who each weigh more than 300 pounds — allegedly fought and pushed away the victims’ relatives, who were attempting to stop the stabbing, according to the statement.

The injured brothers, who both suffered multiple stab wounds, were taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition, the statement says.

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