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Porn actor suspected of killing one and wounding two others had prior assault conviction

June 2, 2010 |  2:39 pm

The porn actor suspected of stabbing three people, including one fatally, during a rampage Tuesday night at a Van Nuys video production company had a previous conviction for assaulting an instructor on a Maryland college campus in 1998, according to authorities.

Stephen Hill was convicted of assault with a firearm in the Maryland incident, according to sources familiar with the investigation. 

Hill threatened a teaching assistant with a handgun if he did not get an A in a class, according to a 1999 article in the Washington Post about the incident.

Hill, of Riverdale, Md., allegedly told the instructor he was "a mobster and would dismember the instructor's body if he didn't get the grade." During the trial, Hill testified that he threatened to kill the instructor after the teacher requested oral sex, which the instructor denied, according to the article.

In Tuesday's incident, Hill, now 30, allegedly used a machete-style weapon in the attack, which occurred about 10:20 p.m. at a video distribution business at Hayvenhurst Avenue and Saticoy Street. 

The victims were rushed to the hospital, where one was pronounced dead.

The name of the person killed has not been released by police, pending notification of relatives.  The victim appears to have performed in numerous adult films, as did the suspect, who used the name "Steve Driver."

The LAPD is investigating the attack as a case of workplace violence. The suspect fled in a blue Toyota RAV4 with license plate 5YTC423.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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