Sheriff Sandra Hutchins announced that a suspect is in custody in the stabbing death of MV’s 26-year-old Elvis Kechechian. The fatal injury was incurred Saturday at 2 a.m. during a fight among several people outside an all-night restaurant in Lake Forest.
Hutchins said Justin Alvin Masao Tombleson, 28, of Lake Forest arrived with his attorney when he turned himself in to authorities Monday afternoon. The District Attorney filed murder and other charges which could result in 15-60 years in prison if Tombleson is convicted. He has a prior conviction for assault causing great bodily injury in 2005. The suspect refused to speak with investigators and was being held on $1 million bail pending an arraignment scheduled Wednesday afternoon.
The D.A. says the incident escalated when the murder victim’s brother spit on Tombleson’s girlfriend during a verbal altercation among four men and three women inside the restaurant. The woman called Tombleson who was already on his way to the restaurant. A fight broke out when Tombleson and his friends confronted the Kechechian party in the parking lot near the victim’s car. Tombleson is accused of pulling a knife and stabbing Elvis once in the heart and stabbing his friend, Hossein Saidoian, in the chest and arm. Saidoian is in critical condition at Mission Hospital.
Investigators have conducted dozens of interviews, but no other arrests have been made. A photo has not been released pending further investigation. The D.A. requests information be provided to Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8492 or the OCSD Homicide Bureau at (714) 647-7055.