5 Arrested in Double Stabbing in Santa Monica

Five people, including a teenager, were arrested in connection with a double stabbing on the Santa Monica Pier Saturday morning, police said.

The incident happened on a fishing deck on the far west end of the pier at about 1:20 a.m., according to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department.

Witness reported that five people began arguing with two other people who had been fishing, police said.

“The argument escalated to the point where the group of five attacked the other two,” according to the statement. “During the altercation, both victims were stabbed multiple times in the torso and arms.”

The two victims were transported to a local trauma center, where one of them underwent surgery, authorities said. Both victims were reported to be in stable condition, and they were expected to survive, officials added.

Officers responded to the pier and started looking for people who matched the description of the assailants, police said.

Four male suspects from Burbank and one female suspect from Glendale were detained on the pier, and they were later arrested after being implicated in the crime, according to the news release. Police identified the suspects as Araik Ovoian, 24, Alex Akob Akbari, 18, Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19, a 16-year-old boy, and Agavni Manukyan, 21.

The adult suspects were booked on suspicion of attempted homicide, and bail was set at $1 million for each of them, according to the statement. The teenage suspect was booked into juvenile hall, and no bail had been set for him, police said.

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