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Suspect in Costa Mesa slaying is called armed and dangerous

September 4, 2012 |  1:12 pm

SuspectCosta Mesa police are searching for a suspect they say stabbed a man to death Tuesday morning in an apparent dispute.

Adolph Mireles, 38, of Huntington Beach is suspected of killing a 43-year-old Long Beach man about 6 a.m. in the 1100 block of Atlanta Way, according to police, who said they consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous.

Mireles, who police said was recently released from prison, was last seen driving a gray 2011 Toyota Corolla with a California license plate number 6PGF988.

Police believe Mireles killed the victim, whose identity has not been released, after a fight over a relationship with a woman, Sgt. Ed Everett said.

Costa Mesa police and firefighters said they discovered the man in the living room of the home, bleeding from multiple stab wounds to his upper body, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yellow police tape surrounded the one-story home in the quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood Tuesday, and neighbors appeared to be shaken.

Rick Huffman, 65, who lives next door, said the home’s owners are a husband and wife, with two sons about elementary and middle-school ages. Although Huffman didn’t hear any commotion himself, he said other neighbors heard yelling and the sounds of a fight coming from a side yard of the home.

A man by the same name as the suspect has multiple convictions in Orange County Superior Court that date back to the late 1990s, including evading a police officer, possession of a gun by a felon, possession of a drug without a prescription and unlawfully taking a vehicle, among other offenses.

Police described Mireles as 5 foot 7 inches with a heavy build, and a goatee and mustache.


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Photo: Adolph Mireles in 2011. Credit: Costa Mesa police