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Suspect arrested in stabbing at July party

Posted: December 22, 2009 4:42 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2009 4:43 p.m.
Detectives from the city of Santa Clarita/Sheriff's COBRA Unit arrested a suspect Tuesday morning in Monrovia after investigating multiple stabbings at a party in Valencia in July.

Ryan Frost, 20, was arrested without incident, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Detectives are also pursuing felony charges against a second man already in custody on an unrelated charge. Two other suspects are still being sought and detectives predict additional arrests and felony charges in the coming days.  

On Sunday, July 19, 2009, patrol deputies were called to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital after 2 a.m., responding to reports that the hospital staff was treating multiple people with stab wounds and other injuries.

Deputies learned the victims had been at a party in the 23800 block of Claymore Avenue in Valencia when several people apparently arrived who were not invited guests.

When the people were asked to leave, a fight broke out involving several males. The fight quickly escalated when one of the men reportedly brandished a knife and apparently stabbed as many as three people. Other victims were punched, kicked and apparently struck with beer bottles.

During a search of the Monrovia property this morning after serving a search warrant, deputies recovered the knife they believe was used in the assault. They also recovered a shotgun.

"Our investigations do not end because the suspects flee to another area," said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. "If you commit crime in our community, we will track you down and put you behind bars, no matter how long it takes or where we have to go."

The results of unsupervised or uncontrolled parties can be tragic, as alcohol and drug use has led to death and serious injuries in the past. Even more often, complaints of loud and unreasonable noise are reported by neighbors.

Several years ago the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station launched an informational campaign to provide resources to parents and young adults, which will assist in planning, controlling and surviving a party or gathering of teenagers or young adults. The goal: To help save lives.

As part of this awareness campaign, the city and sheriff's station coproduced a "Parent Guide to Teenage Parties and Dances" brochure that assists parents or young adults in planning and organizing an event hosted at their homes.

The information also provides tips when the party is held elsewhere, and what to consider with friends and guests.


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