Murder charges filed in stabbing after Near Year's Eve party in Orange County
Orange County prosecutors filed murder charges Monday against a man who allegedly stabbed a fellow attendee at a huge New Year's Eve party at the Orange County/Costa Mesa Hilton hotel.
Authorities said Adam Randy Baker was sitting outside the event, called "NYE OC" — which was hosted by Ones We Love Inc., a Newport Beach promotions company — when the confrontation occurred.
It was about 2 a.m. when people started to leave and Baker saw Robert Sickles, 27, of Mission Viejo, and his friends leave the event. Baker flicked a cigarette at them, prosecutors allege. That's when Baker got up and confronted the group, pushed Sickles then pulled out a knife and slashed and stabbed him in the chest, killing him, according to police.
Baker, 23, of Dana Point, underwent reconstructive surgery Tuesday to repair facial damage incurred during the parking-lot confrontation.
Fliers for the event stated that about 5,000 people were expected to attend. Some people had been turned away at the door.
--Joseph Serna, Times Community News