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Teen stabbed in Stevenson Ranch

Canyon Country man arrested after argument turns violent

Posted: June 19, 2008 6:31 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2008 5:03 a.m.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy holds up a bloodied backpack for detectives to examine at the scene of a stabbing Thursday afternoon outside a Starbucks in Stevenson Ranch.

As summer heat scorched the valley Thursday, an argument over a girl turned violent with one teen stabbed and a Canyon Country man in jail.

Around 1 p.m., a 17-year-old, whose name was not released, was involved in an argument with Elisha Brown, 18, outside the Starbucks coffee shop near the corner of Valencia Boulevard and The Old Road, according to sheriff's detectives.

The argument apparently escalated to a physical fight, and Brown allegedly stabbed the boy in the abdomen four or five times before fleeing the scene.

The boy was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries. His condition was not available Thursday afternoon.

Brown was arrested at his home shortly after the stabbing, sheriff's Lt. Tom Bryski said.

A trail of blood nearly 30 feet in length stretched along the sidewalk outside Starbucks and up a stairway leading to The Old Road, ending at a vehicle that reportedly belonged to one of the victim's friends.

Several teenagers and witnesses remained at the scene for nearly an hour after the stabbing to describe the altercation to detectives. The declined to talk to The Signal.

One young woman was visibly shaken, a patch of blood dotting the bottom of her yellow shirt. A shirtless young man standing next to her had several blood spots on his stomach. It was unclear what their roles were in the altercation.

Bryski said the stabbing did not appear to be gang-related; rather, the argument apparently started after a female friend of the victim responded to an insult directed at her by Brown.

Brown was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon, and was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.


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