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Police seek man accused in stabbing

Luke Austin Artinger of Huntington Beach was on parole when he allegedly tried to kill friend in 2010, police say.

December 07, 2011|By Mona Shadia
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Luke Austin Artinger (HB Independent )

The Huntington Beach Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a man accused of attempted murder.

Luke Austin Artinger, 21, allegedly stabbed his friend multiple times in the head, face and neck during an argument about money in the early morning hours of July 3, 2010, in the 7000 block of Ellis Avenue, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.

At the time of the stabbing, Artinger was out on parole after being convicted of stabbing a retired Los Angeles County deputy sheriff in 2007. The retired deputy caught Artinger, who was 16 at the time, spraying graffiti on a wall behind a business near Adams Avenue and Magnolia Street and tried to detain him, Reinhart said.

"We've been looking for him extensively over the past year and have been unable to locate him," Reinhart said. "With him having connections to Huntington Beach, he may show up for the holidays to visit family members, so we wanted to get this information out to the public in case anybody sees him.

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Artinger's father and sister live in Huntington Beach. And at the time of the retired deputy's stabbing, he was also a Huntington Beach resident, Reinhart said.

His family is not cooperating with police, Reinhart said.

Aside from being wanted for allegedly stabbing his friend, he is also wanted for violating his parole. He allegedly stabbed his friend after being out on parole for just two months.

"We think it's odd that with the type of violent history he has, he hasn't come in contact with any law enforcement officers in the last year," Reinhart said.

Artinger, who is considered armed and dangerous, is white, six feet tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Winks at (714) 536-5653, Sgt. Dierking at (714) 536-5947 or dial 911 in case of an emergency.

mona.shadia@latimes.com

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