2 Arrested in Costa Mesa Stabbing That Followed Argument Over Money Between Victim, Female Suspect: Police

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Passhunae Nemiesha Ruff, left, and Adrian Ramey Hall are shown in booking photos provided by Costa Mesa police on April 20, 2016.

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A man and a woman in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in a stabbing that left a man bloodied in Costa Mesa, police said Wednesday.

Adrian Ramey Hall, 26, of Norwalk and Passhunae Nemiesha Ruff, 24, of Long Beach were taken into custody Tuesday in connection with the stabbing, which occurred outside a motel early Monday morning.

The 25-year-old victim, a Newport Beach man, has not been identified. He suffered a stab wound to the torso.

Police were called to a motel in the 2200 block of Newport Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, when they found the victim stabbed in the torso. He was transported to a hospital in grave condition but was expected to survive after surgery.

Witness statements and evidence led police to believe the victim met Ruff at a motel in Costa Mesa where he argued with her about money. The victim struggled with Ruff, who took his money and fled, according to a news release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

Surveillance video provided to KTLA showed a stabbing victim outside a Costa Mesa motel on April 18, 2016.
Surveillance video provided to KTLA showed a stabbing victim outside a Costa Mesa motel on April 18, 2016.

She later returned with Hall in a Dodge Charger, the release said. Hall allegedly confronted the victim, who ended up getting stabbed.

Surveillance video from a nearby business showed the victim stumbling around, looking disoriented. His side and one leg were covered in blood.

The knife used in the stabbing was found in the trash at a Fullerton motel where the two suspects were believed to have been staying, the release said.

The Charger, which was seen on surveillance images provided Monday by police, was returned to a car rental company near Los Angeles International Airport.

The relationship between the victim and the attacker was not clear, police said Monday.

The suspects were being held on $1 million bail each.

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