Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

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

January 4, 2011 | 12:34 pm

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.


Mother struck, killed by daughter's car in Buena Park

Doctors trying to avoid risky leg amputation for Zsa Zsa Gabor

Police search for suspect in string of church donation box thefts

-- Shan Li