[UPDATED with Charges:] Michael Vito Urso, OC Homicide No. 26: Alexandre Louis Antal Held in Stabbing

Categories: 2012 Homicides
See update No. 3 at end of this post about the murder charge against Alexandre Louis Antal.

See update No. 2 about Antal being arrested for the murder of Michael Vito Urso.

See update No. 1 about the victim's name being released.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 17, 8:25 A.M.: Just after midnight, Huntington Beach Police received a call about a man who had been stabbed at an apartment in the 7800 block of Newman Avenue.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Later in the morning, an "acquaintance" of the dead man was in custody.

Right now, the second man is considered a "person of interest" in the case, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department, which notes he was picked up at a different Surf City location around 3:45 a.m.

His name and that of the dead man are currently being withheld.

Anyone with information that can help homicide detectives is asked to call 714.536.5940.


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UPDATE NO. 1, JULY 17, 3:53 P.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department has revealed the fatally stabbed man was Michael Vito Urso, 32.

The so-called "person of interest" interviewed by Huntington Beach Police had fled from the scene, according to authorities.

No arrest has been reported.

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Alexandre Louis Antal
UPDATE NO. 2, JULY 18, 1:57 P.M.: The Huntington Beach Police Department says it has arrested someone "well-acquainted" with 32-year-old Michael Vito Urso, who was found stabbed to death in his Surf City apartment just after midnight Tuesday.

He is Alexandre Louis Antal, 22 and also of Huntington Beach.

Police say they received a tip about Antal, who is likely the "person-of-interest" referred to in earlier posts as he was apprehended by Huntington Beach cops around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday on the Santa Ana River Bridge. Investigators believe they found the murder weapon nearby.

There are no other suspects, but investigators are still gathering information at 714.536.5940.

UPDATE NO. 3, JULY 18, 4:27 P.M.: Alexandre Louis Antal will be arraigned Thursday on charges he murdered his roommate, Michael Vito Urso, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

They were playing video games after midnight Tuesday when Antal allegedly stabbed the 32-year-old with a knife and fled, according to the OCDA, which notes neighbors heard Urso's screams and called 9-1-1. He died at the scene.

The knife was recovered a few feet from Antal when he was confronted by Huntington Beach cops a little over three hours later on the Santa Ana River Bridge, the OCDA says.

The 22-year-old is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife that could draw a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison with a conviction. Antal is currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

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15 comments
eisenbeisz
eisenbeisz

Do the editors really think it's appropriate to use clip art of a bloody dripping knife as a headline?

SMCT
SMCT

As A Family Member Of Antal, I Know He Wasnt Some "Dumb Ass Druggy." This Is A Lot Deeper Than Many People Realize. No It Doesnt Make What Happened Okay, But Look At The Bigger Picture....

Palmala Handerson
Palmala Handerson

Thank you Lizzy. I work 12 hours a day w/ 3 hours commute - 6 days a week. And I consider myself one of the lucky ones, being able to re-invent myself so late in the game.

A_Mar13
A_Mar13

Glad you think this senseless act of violence is a joking matter. Way to troll.

Lizzymarie3
Lizzymarie3

Why are you so upset buttercup? I would think you should start caring more about getting your family out of the Slater Slums, than what this man did with his family or his compassion. Being an adult is rough, but we all manage. Attacking people on the OC Weekly website is not a good look for anyone, but especially one who seems to try to claim to be a mother or other "familial" type. Go create happiness in the world instead of questioning people's intentions on public forums, or don't, but the previous seems like a better path. 

A_Mar13
A_Mar13

Are you kidding me? This utter piece of trash took someone I love away from me because he got his ass kicked in a video game?

Louisac13
Louisac13

Mikey was a passionate artist and would be pursuing his dream in new jersey right now if some dumb ass druggy didn't ruin it for him. I will miss you always my artist a and will love you forever.

Kfhj
Kfhj

Poor guy. I wonder what game they were playing? Possibly Bubble Bobble? That's a two player game that's fun!

Palmala Handerson
Palmala Handerson

My compassion, as well as my implied apology, was in the context my message, dude.

Indridcoldcs
Indridcoldcs

I cant believe it, damn Urso I'm gonna miss you bud. RIP

Justin Tull
Justin Tull

Sol will be missed you were a brother to me and a mentor you taught me so much!!!

Buttercup
Buttercup

These are economical family neighborhoods, not scuzzy little streets. Just because you may be fortunate enough to have moved on? Doesn't mean the families that live there now or in the future are beneath you. Get a grip Palmala... and have some compassion, there are no details yet.

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