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Posted: October 20, 2008 8:32 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
Sheriff's investigators were searching for additional suspects Monday in relation to two separate crimes that converged at a Sand Canyon party early Saturday.

Matthew Booth, 18, was arrested at the party in the 28200 block of Oak Spring Canyon Road in connection with an earlier crime in Bridgeport on Friday night.

Booth and an undisclosed number of accomplices allegedly robbed a person a gunpoint in the Bridgeport section of Valencia about 10 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Brenda Cambra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Booth allegedly pointed a gun at a pedestrian, robbed the victim and escaped on foot, sheriff's Lt. Mark Hershey said. The victim was not hurt in the altercation.

Deputies searched Bridgeport on Friday night but couldn't find a suspect, Hershey said. Without his cohorts, Booth apparently decided to join the party on Oak Spring Canyon Road, investigators said.

Early Saturday morning a melee erupted at the party, with one victim stabbed and another shot, officials said. Deputies responding to the fight arrested Booth in his car a block from the party at 3 a.m. Saturday, Cambra said.

Booth was not connected to the shooting or the stabbing at the party, she said. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Justin Myers was arrested and charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting an unidentified male at the crime-marred celebration in the 28200 block of Oak Spring Canyon Road, Cambra said.

Another victim was stabbed by an unidentified male suspect whom deputies still sought Monday, she said.

The condition of both victims was not released, and no other information in the investigation is available, Cambra said.

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