Santa Monica police arrested five men and one juvenile male shortly after midnight on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, May 16/17, in the wake of an “attempted murder” stabbing in the beach parking lot north of the Pier.
The victim, an adult male, sustained multiple stab wounds in his torso and back; he was treated at the scene by Santa Monica Fire Department personnel and transported to an area hospital, where he was reported to be in “guarded condition” the following day. As of Wednesday morning, May 23, he had been released from the hospital and was expected to have a full recovery. Multiple suspects were said to have left the scene on foot.
Police officers located eight suspects in the beach parking lot in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway. “Five adult males and a one juvenile male were identified as being involved in the incident,” said SMPD spokesman Lt. Alex Padilla. The six were taken to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for attempted murder. They are: Kenneth Scialpi, 21, of West Covina; Michael Tejada, 20, of Temple City; Andrew Alvarado, 18, of West Covina; Gabriel Fernandez, 18, of West Covina; Daniel Fernandez, 21, of West Covina; and an unnamed 17-year-old white male who was released to his parents. As of Wednesday morning, May 23, Mr. Scialpi had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and the other suspects had been released.
The police department reported the following day that the reason for the fight and subsequent stabbing was not then known, but there have been reports that the victim was intoxicated had simply “disrespected” his assailants. “The investigation is continuing,” said Lt. Padilla.
Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Robbery/Homicide Detail of the Santa Monica Police Department at 310.458.8451 or the Watch Commander’s Office at 310.458.8427.