A 17-year-old teen was arrested for the murder of an 18-year-old man who was found stabbed to dead in his family’s townhouse after the detainee apparently directed police to the residence.

The incidence took place around 9 a.m. on Jan. 15 in a home along the 14000 block of Astoria Street.

The deceased was identified as Christopher Handy.

The 17-year-old friend was insistent that something bad had happened to his friend inside the townhouse.

“The friend was not specific about what was wrong or even how he knew, but he was insistent,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division. “Officers believed it was a life-or-death emergency so they forced entry.”

Officer discovered the lifeless body of the victim inside. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

The victim lived in the townhouse with his mother and siblings. They were not home when the crime occurred, nor do police believe family was involved, “but it is clear the victim knew his assailant or assailants,” Lt. Vernon added.

According to police, witnesses said there was a group of coworkers at the townhome when the victim and the detainee began discussing and fighting. One of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other.

Police are looking for a second suspect who is believed to have been involved in the incident.  

Anyone with information is urged to call Det. Gretchen Schultz, Mission Homicide Unit, at (818) 838-9951. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.

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