An 18-year-old man was playing handball at Cleveland High School in Reseda when he was fatally stabbed and three suspects were arrested in connection with the death, police said on Thursday.
Kevin Orellano, of Reseda, was stabbed Wednesday afternoon on the handball courts at Cleveland High School (map), said LAPD Officer Christopher No.
Police officers from West Valley Division as well as the Los Angeles Unified School Police quickly locked down the crime scene and spoke to numerous witnesses.
One of the suspects pulled a pocket knife after an argument escalated into a fight, police said.
Police said they used a variety of investigative tools, including social media, to identify the suspects.
Police booked a 16-year-old boy and a second person, identified as Michael Steven Carpio, 19, of Panorama City, into jail on suspicion of murder, police said. The unidentified 16-year-old is accused of committing the stabbing, police said. They are documented gang members, police said.
Police also arrested Michelle Pineda, 19.
Witnesses told police they saw two suspects leave the school in a maroon colored mini-van driven by a young Hispanic female. Police said they found the suspected getaway vehicle at the location where the suspects were arrested.
Unconfirmed reports said Orellano was a student at West Valley Occupation Center in Winnetka. Police said he had no apparent gang ties.