[UPDATED] Robert Sickles, OC Homicide No. 1: Stabbed Outside Hotel New Year's Party in Costa Mesa

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Adam Randy Baker
​​Update, Jan. 13, 8:15 a.m.: Adam Randy Baker, who is accused of stabbing a man to death with a knife and hospitalizing another in the early hours of New Year's Day, is out of jail after paying $1 million bail on Wednesday. 

After recovering for days in the hospital from injuries incurred to his head and face, Baker was booked and released at the Santa Ana Jail on Wednesday morning.

Baker pleaded not guilty at his arraignment; a pretrial hearing is set for March 4.

Further details of the incident are in the earlier posts, after the jump.

In a report by The Orange County Register, police found Baker to have no serious criminal record, aside from driving violations in 2003 and minor charges that were later dismissed.

Friends of Robert Sickles, the 27-year-old man who was killed, put together the following video, which the Weekly found on YouTube. The video includes photos of Sickles and comments from those close to the Mission Viejo resident. Other videos were also created.



Update, Jan. 4, 11:15 a.m.: Adam Randy Baker, 23, has been charged with murdering one man and stabbing another, following a New Year's Eve hotel party in Costa Mesa. If convicted, Baker faces a maximum sentence of 23 years to life in a state prison.

The People are asking for a $1 million bail at the arraignment, though a date and time are not yet set.

Details of the incident, from the OC district attorney's office report

Around 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, Baker was sitting on a bench near the valet booth of the Hilton on Bristol Street. 

Baker is accused of flicking his cigarette at a group of men as they exited the hotel, as well as starting a verbal argument with 27-year-old Robert Sickles.

The defendant allegedly approached Sickles and started a physical fight by pushing him. According to accusations, Baker then pulled out a knife, slashing the victim across the chest and stabbing him one time in the chest. Sickles' friend, 26-year-old Brian McTeigue, attempted to intervene to protect his friend; Baker is also accused of stabbing McTeigue one time in the back.

Friends of Sickles and McTeigue got involved and detained Baker. Members of the Costa Mesa Police Department were already on location, responding to other disturbances, and responded immediately.

Sickles and McTeigue were transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where Sickles was pronounced dead on arrival. McTeigue's injuries were not life-threatening.

Baker was transported to Mission Hospital to be treated for facial fractures sustained after the stabbing. Apparently, details are lacking about what transpired between the time of the stabbing and the cops taking him into custody.

Baker will be taken into custody again once he is discharged from the hospital.

Original Post, Jan. 1, 8:05 p.m.: In what police are calling the first Orange County murder of the year, Mission Viejo resident Robert Sickles, 27, was stabbed in the chest outside the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa on Saturday morning while attending a New Year's Eve party.

Sickles was allegedly stabbed by Adam Baker, 23, of Dana Point, following an altercationnear the valet booth in the parking lot. The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Both had attended the party at the Hilton.
Sickles was pronounced dead upon arrival at Western Medical Center. 

Another Mission Viejo resident, Brian McTeigue, 26, was also involved in the fight and was stabbed in the back by Baker. McTeigue was also taken to the hospital, though his injuries were not life-threatening.

Baker was treated for his injuries and is in police custody and facing charges of homicide and attempted homicide. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

According to one individual, the party, which supposedly attracted nearly 1,000 attendees, was already in the process of being shut down by fire marshals.
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DP65555
DP65555

Anyone that takes on 5 guys at once, stabs two, and kills one won't have any problem when Shi cracks off in Prison believe me. The type of mentality it takes to commit a crime like this is exactly the same mentality that keeps your manhood in tact, Baker will have no problem gettin down for the WOODS in Prison, hes from dana point he'll handle just fine

its a shame a guy lost his life but when will mission viejo kids learn that Dana point is a different beast, they play for keeps unfortunately....

Taylor
Taylor

I just barely now heard of Roberts passing... This was not deserved... Robert was my friend when he lived in Utah... I havent seen him in a while and was shocked to hear this! I hope this murderer loves buttsex.... Getting it at least... Rob was always happy and anyone who knew him was absolutely lucky! He was always smiling and just being goofy and screwing around... He did not deserve to die....

fire fighter 11
fire fighter 11

I have a non-biased opinion seeing as I knew neither party. Let me start by saying Sickles' friends have every right to be angry and their comments as heated as they are should not reflect their actual personalities. I guarantee at least 2/3 of you have said horrible things when you were angry without it crossing your mind. Next I would like to say Bakers friends also have reason to be angry they lost a friend as well. It is extremely sad on both sides of the story, someone was murdered and someone threw their life away.

we love rob az
we love rob az

I met Rob back in 06 he was a good friend of my husband and myself. It was impossible to have a bad time when he was around. He always kept the party going and could diffuse any bad situation. This kid Adam kid took a wonderful person from this world, I think he should spend the rest of his life listening to all of the stories we have about Rob so he will realize what he took from us.

Joshuajoliver76
Joshuajoliver76

robert sickles was and always will be a hero and any of you bastards who disagree can kiss my ass.. adam baker is nothing but a punk ass who could not stand up and fight like a man..

Dp1001
Dp1001

Facts aren't all there and Adam wouldn't try to fight a whole group of kids.. And ya they don't even talk about Adams injuries. Doesn't make sense

Crosen000
Crosen000

this man shouldn't have been even able to post bail. he took a heros life. Robert jumped infront of baker when he was going to stab his little brother david. This man shoud be in jail for 25 yrs to life for what he did. he shouldn't be able to pay 1 million dollars for his bail and then waking away after killing someone as great as robert. The judge of this case needs to open there blinded eyes

Douche McGee
Douche McGee

The punk bitch looks like he was getting fucked up before he had to go for a weapon, thereby proving he is a punk bitch..

jason makloy
jason makloy

haha keep talking shit on Adam you idiot's! Wait and see how the new gets sued for slander and see what really happened. Bars!elieve me the truth will be told and all you idiot's will feel pretty dumb. I served the ARMY for 8 year's and you all trying to make him sound like a decorated hero is good and all but he wouldn't have been the fist service man I know that pulled a knife and used it on someone. So quit talking shit! Some of you people make me sick to be an American which is the hardest thing to day, considering i fought for you all for 8 year's!

Warrennichols30
Warrennichols30

It's was sad to hear that robert sickles dead :( I knew robert from MV i was on the track team and Robert always pushed me to do better.my heart goes out to his family and I hope Adam baker gets life in prison

ANON
ANON

I feel really bad for trolling some of you idiots. But anyways, RIP Robert.

Ringo
Ringo

At pissed: Your premise that if it were against the law to carry a knife this would not have happened, is flawed. It is against the law for scumbags to carry concealed weapons now, but assfuck punks do it all the time to prove how "macho" they are. Hope the guilty pussy bitch who murdered your friend gets to swallow much cum before he decides to hang his pathetic gay ass in his cell. Peace be with you.

TheMan
TheMan

This is getting beyond pathetic with all the comments from Adam's friend.

The official story so far consists of Adam trying to start something after the party with David, Robert's brother. Robert stepped in and a fight starts, an one on one fight between Adam and Robert. (Robert is athletic, fit and had training in the military.) I can't help but think that Adam was getting his ass kicked pretty bad. So Adam pulls a knife and stabs Robert. As Robert's friend try to separate them, Adam stabs him in the back. At which time, the rest of Robert's friend jumps on Adam, and beat him silly. This was not a gang from MV jumping one DP guy for the hell of it. Adam started something that he couldn't finish, and resorts to pulling a knife.

What I am curious about is where are Adam's friends, who were with him that night? I have not heard one account from their side of the events that night. I heard several post about how mellow Adam is. Can anyone tell us what Adam's mental state was that night? How drunk was Adam that night? Can anyone tell us anything other than Adam wouldn't have done that.

scummmmmmmmb
scummmmmmmmb

I cant wait till the truth comes out and the fagots from MV and your gay hair and plugs get shut the fuck up. Adam Baker did not do this and I will take proud action in making it clear when the truth comes out.

MV kits are nothing but fags that jump people

SICKLES IS ANOTHER PUNK WITH GAY HAIR AND PLUGS.

wetpickle
wetpickle

Pathetic pussy MV kids running around jumping people. hate to break the fact to all pf you but the tape from hilton is inconclusive and shows NO evidence of Adam doing anything because he didnt! thus way they are having a real hard time building facts from and a bunch of drunk douches from only one side of the party. Soon the DA will figure out what kind of falsely accusing punks you are! but its typical of you guys to single him out because of the garbage on the east side of the fwy has nothing better to do.

danahillspride2005
danahillspride2005

those who knew adam knew this isnt like him. peices of this story are missing and none of us were there to know what really happened.

all u i know is not matter how good of a person robert was doesnt make adam baker any less of a good person.

I KNOW ADAM BAKER and he wasnt a violent person. this will all get worked out in the end. me and my boyfriend have known him almost half our lives, he is a good friend and a decent person.

and i went to DANA HILLS high school for 4 years and never encountered any kids who just went around and started fights for no reason. and if there were kids out there who did do that ADAM BAKER was no one of them.

Dhhs2008
Dhhs2008

DP65555, thank for making Dana Point look bad, you moron. Please note everyone, the majority of us aren't idiots like this go-nowhere loser.

Justathought
Justathought

not sure how many of you actually know Adam but it's not like you would walk away thinking "now there goes a rocket scientist." Still, none of us ever saw this coming. What a waste. Sorry for your loss, friends of Robert.

Joshuajoliver76
Joshuajoliver76

adam is lucky to be alive .. i would hang that fool in my back yard.. screw his injuries ...

Douche McFiggles
Douche McFiggles

And thereby proving that Adam was forced to use the knife out of self defense? Nice try.

The Booty Bandit
The Booty Bandit

you're a fucking retard. Learn how to write and spell correctly you moron. Your comment is harder to read than a Greek book.

guest
guest

What the hell are you talking about? Robert was a vet. Adam pulled the knife and killed him. Get your info straight and proof read your rants before you post. You look like an idiot. Maybe you should have spent some time in school while you were in the army.

Ignoranceisstupidity
Ignoranceisstupidity

He might not be the first service man you know that pulled a knife an used it on someone but I GUARANTEE you that he is the first service man you know that pulled a knife and used it on himself. Right?

Yeah that makes a lot of sense dumbass

Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing

Conclusion: Baker is murderer and his friends who witnessed the murder are cowards for not sharing the truth in this forum. Stand up for what is right and tell us exactly what you saw. Give us some insight as to why your friend would decide to carry a knife and then pull it and stab and kill a man in that moment.

Bring What?
Bring What?

your also an idiot... Lots of idiots on here posting in the name of robert.. pretty sad. a Knife with a certain length of blade can be concealed at any times,.. do you have to have a swiss army knife in plain sight? I think not..

Nice try though

Mammadamatoi
Mammadamatoi

offical story from where? The press or a bunch of peoples opinion of what happened! All of you people seem to be playing judge and jury why don't all of you wait to judge what happened until the actual facts come out as to what happened. I would also like to hear Adams side of what happened, but he was so badly beaten he may not be able to tell his side. Fact is Adam is not somemonster that you all are making him out to be. What happened to innocent until proven guilty??

AZ<3ROBERT
AZ<3ROBERT

AGREED 100%.... WHERES IS ADAMS "REAL" BACK UP??? LOVE TO HEAR IT!! SEEMS TO ME HE HAS NONE...

Ktaylor0620
Ktaylor0620

umm first of all his hair was short at this time like not more than an inch and he hasnt had his plugs in for awhile.. but if it makes you feel better to assume based on looks well then i could say a lot about how messed up and retarded adam looks with his goofy looking broken nose HAHA... what a thug right? and i should totally listen to you since you know so much right? you totally know everything that happened that night right? and since you know everyone in mission viejo then youre totally in the right to make a generalization like that too right? seriously shut up cause youre straight annoying

we love rob az
we love rob az

Don't judge a book by it's cover. You didn't know Robert and unfortunately you never will. You can say all the bad things you want about his hair and plugs but the people who know and love him just think you are petulant and ignorant.

Bystander
Bystander

Wow. Listen to yourself. How can you talk about a dead person like that? You make me sick bro. I can't believe people like you exist in this society. Even if you're posting to get attention, that's just wrong.

Ktaylor0620
Ktaylor0620

way to make some generalizations.... like seriously? mission viejo is actually rated #1 safest city in california........ start pointing the finger at the piece that brought the weapon from dp

AZ<3ROBERT
AZ<3ROBERT

PUSSY KIDS JUMPING PPL??? R U KIDDING UR FAGGOT FRIEND STARTED THE WHOLE FUCKING THING, IF I SAW MY FRIEND GET STABBED AND KILLED I WOULD TACKLE THE STUPID FUCK TOO... THERES PLENTY OF EVIDENCE AND WILL SHOW IN COURT...PEACE OUT ADAM FOR BEING A DOUCHE AND TAKING SOMEONES LIFE

accurate fact seeker
accurate fact seeker

I agree - Adam is a very fine person you can tell by his friends - more people who saw what really happend need to step forward

Adam's Innocent
Adam's Innocent

His spelling is irrelevant, it's the content that matters you jackass.

EyewitnessDP
EyewitnessDP

NO ONE - on this blog knows what they are talking about. First of all, its almost 2p.m. on New Years Eve. Everyone has had way too much to drink. You think Sickles and friends were Sober and acting like Ghandi's diciples or peace makers? No, they were liquored up and ready to brawl if anyone said shit to them. When Baker finished his cig and flicked it, a group of MV kids started mouthing of to Baker and Baker responded with words of his own.Heated words were exchanged and everyone knows MV KIDS FIGHT IN PACKS. If you say shit to one kid in the gang, It's never 1 vs 1 with bored inlander mission viejo kids. Baker was taken to ground and almost beaten to death by 5 grown men. Bakes' knife or their knife, thats what happens when you put yourself in that situation and its for the jury to decide.

for the record ... AZ<3Robert needs to her hands caught in a bear trap.

The Booty Bandit
The Booty Bandit

Douchebag, the police wouldn't have charged him with murder unless it was warranted. Something they saw(video), or witness statements leads the detectives to believe they have a good murder 187 case against the soon to be victim of the booty bandit Adam.

Friend of Robert
Friend of Robert

Innocent until proven guilty by HILTON SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE showing exactly what Adam did. Nice try.

Oldschool
Oldschool

Could any of Adam's friends speak to how wasted Adam was that night, and was he a volatile drunk? Many of us have likely had that friend who we would consider the most agressive or violent when drunk, but pulling a knife and stabbing someone?What the f? What switch flipped there? Are you OC badasses sporting knives now? I mean if Robert had a fucking gun maybe. Short of a gun, that's fucking insane. Did any of Adam's friends ever see that coming, honestly,given his past behavior when he was wasted? Just trying to understand like everyone what happened.

we love rob az
we love rob az

I know you are upset as we all are but there is no reason to be a key board warrior. Adam will get what he deserves one way or another, try to ignor their petty comments because they, unlike us, did not know the amazing person we did. Rob wouldn't want us to sink to the level they have.

Bring What?
Bring What?

pretty sure you were not there... but thats ok. your a tool

Ktaylor0620
Ktaylor0620

5 grown men? what was baker? not grown? smart men dont carry knives when they know they are going to an event where people are drinking and fights can break out and usually do. they dont break out just from one certain group or in a certain location or a certain gender so yeah ur retarded. shoulda been smart like robert's group and fought with his man hands instead of bringing out a deadly weapon. i wish they wouldve beaten him to death. obviously he didnt have too many people out there that liked him seeing as though he was by himself? hmm guess its up to the justice system now. which is unfortunate since they already let him out. hopefully someone's already on the hunt...

The Booty Bandit
The Booty Bandit

You guys sound like idiots when you say things like "everyone knows MV kids fight in packs"....what a broad and stupid statement that is. Really, that's your defense, all mv kids fight in packs? Are you guys 15 years old? I was at the Hilton, i was in the valet area at 1:50am, I was sober. Not everyone was tanked at the party, as you stated.

tim
tim

Thank you for bringing some enlightenment to this horrible situation. It was bad journalism to point the finger so early with so few details, hence why they have stopped reporting on it. As all kids from Orange County know, MV kids are the type to fight dirty. You can also just scroll through all the comments and notice how vehemently violent Roberts' friends are, surely a testament to which side fought dirty.

dana 2000
dana 2000

Eyewitness DP, so are you saying that a jury might decide that Baker was just defending himself by stabbing Sickles because the MV dudes were ganging up on him? Just trying to understand...I thought it was one on one when Baker pulled the knife, but since you were there can you give us a detailed breakdown of the fight like Eye Witness did?

DP
DP

^ MV inlander

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