Teen arrested in fatal Sylmar stabbing, 2nd suspect sought

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he called police early Thursday about a fatal stabbing in a Sylmar town home, authorities said.

The teen contacted police shortly before 9 a.m., telling them "something bad" had happened at the town home in the 14000 block of Astoria Street, said Lt. Paul Vernon with the Los Angeles Police Department.


Police arrived and found Chris Handy, 18, with stab wounds on the first floor of the town home that he shared with his siblings and mother. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 17-year-old was detained and arrested on suspicion of murder. Police are looking for another person they said they believe was involved in the crime.

"There were enough holes in his story that we believe he was involved," Vernon said.

Vernon said the 17-year-old and the other person "were not strangers at all" to Handy. Police do not believe Handy's family was involved, and are still determining a motive.

Police did not identify the 17-year-old because he is a minor. He has not been formally charged in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (818) 838-9951. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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