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Dana Point man charged in fatal New Year's Eve party stabbing

Orange County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a Dana Point man who allegedly stabbed and killed one man and injured another after a New Year’s Eve party at a Costa Mesa hotel.

Adam Randy Baker, 23, is charged with one felony count of murder, one felony count of attempted murder and a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a deadly weapon, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney’s office.

After attending a party at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa, Baker allegedly began a fight about 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day with a group of men exiting the hotel who had also attended the celebration, according to the statement.

Baker allegedly flicked a cigarette at the group, then approached and pushed Robert Sickles, 27, of Mission Viejo. Baker then allegedly pulled out a knife and slashed Sickles across the chest before stabbing him once in the chest, according to the statement.

When Sickles’ friend Brian McTeigue, 26, tried to stop the fight, Baker allegedly stabbed him once in the back. The victim’s friends then intervened and detained Baker, who was arrested soon afterward by Costa Mesa police officers already at the hotel responding to unrelated disturbances, the statement said.

There is no indication Baker knew the two victims, and police were unclear about what prompted him to start the fight, said Lt. Bryan Glass of the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Sickles and McTeigue were taken to a hospital, where Sickles was pronounced dead.

McTeigue was treated and later released. Baker was being treated for non-life threatening injuries, Glass said.

He will be taken into custody and arraigned upon discharge. The district attorney’s office will request $1-million bail.

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Only a million dollars bail? Any rich kids parents from Dana Point can come up with that!!!

Close our borders!! Deport Baker!!

Out looking for trouble, he'll get his in prison the rest of his miserable life.

close our borders? deport baker? if you are referring to adam being mexican then you're just an ignorant dumbass. I met adam and have hungout with him a couple times, and he's white as can be. get your facts straight.

Deport all murderers to their grandparents home country.

The guy stabs two people killing one for really no reason other than him trying to be a tough guy and his bail is only 1 million dollars. This Dana Point rich kid will probably make bail at some point if it is kept that low and flee. I know what he will claim in court, self defense.

Just because hes from Dana Point doesnt mean he's rich! retarded assumption. Anyway there is still no evidence that Adam stabbed those kids. I personally know him and he is an amazing guy and wouldnt try to harm anyone. The only side of the story being heard are the Sickles brothers side. No other witnesses statements have come forth. So dont start talking ish on a case that hasnt been proved! Until then Good day!

Hey Andrea, your boy and so called amazing guy Adam Baker brings a knife ( THAT the police do know ) to a NYE Party and "allegedly" knives two people and one of them dies. No one would have died or been stabbed that night had it not been for Adam bringing a knife to a party. Sounds like your boy was looking for trouble and found it.

Condolences and prayers go out to the family of Robert Sickles.

What a douchebag. Just ruined his life, but more importantly, ruined the lives of those two young men also. What a moron.

Rob Sickles was an amazing guy who all he wanted to do was make people around him smile and laugh. I can not talk bad about the Adam guy having never met him in person. However, to say that he is innocent is a really far out assumption being that fact that it was his personally owned knife... Also Rob not the guy that Adam was confronting in the first place. It was Rob's little brother David that Adam was targeting, Rob had only stepped in the middle to defend his brother. The fact remains that he took one mans life and seriously injured another with his personally owned knife to a party where 5,000 people were estimated to attend. How can you seriously say that he is innocent when the weapon was found in his possession and the fact that Adam was by himself.

The People are asking for a $1 million bail at the arraignment, though a date and time are not yet set

There was a court date today, 1/11/11, to request a lowering of bail - Request DENIED!!!! Friends of Adam's wrote letters to the court, they just all forgot to show up for the hearing! It was a breathtaking site to see the 50+ people that were there to support the Sickles stand up in unison and walk out of the courtroom after the request to lower bail was denied.

Adam Randy Baker posted bail today...


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