RESEDA, Calif. (KTLA) — Three teens have been arrested in connection with the deadly stabbing of an 18-year-old at Cleveland High School in Reseda.
Police responded to a radio call of an “ambulance cutting” at the school, located at 8140 Vanalden Avenue, around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers located the victim, identified as Kevin Orellano, of Reseda, who was being treated by paramedics.
He was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Officers from the LAPD’s West Valley Division and the L.A. Unified School Police quickly locked down the crime scene and spoke to witnesses.
They said that Orellano was playing handball with another individual when he was approached by two suspects.
A brief argument took place, and one of the suspects punched Orellano in face.
The suspect continued to fight with the victim, and the second suspect stabbed Orellano in the torso with a small pocket knife.
Witnesses reported seeing the suspects leave the school in a maroon-colored minivan driven by a young Hispanic female.
Using a variety of investigative tools, including social media, detectives were able to identify the suspects.
Det. Dennis Ballas of the L.A.P.D. said witnesses took pictures of the suspects in the attack and posted them to social media sites.
Those photos led police to a trio of suspects.
They arrested a 16-year-old male and 19-year-old Michael Steven Carpio, of Panorama City, at 12:15 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 15000 block of Roscoe Boulevard.
Both have been booked for murder. Police also arrested 19-year-old Michelle Pineda for murder.
The getaway vehicle was found at the residence.
The male suspects are documented gang members, according to police, but Orellano had no apparent gang ties.
Authorities say Orellano was a former student at Cleveland High and a current student at West Valley Occupational Center.
He reportedly went to Cleveland High to play handball regularly.
Anyone with information is asked to call the West Valley Homicide Unit at (818) 374-7720 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).