|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF2144
July 18, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STABBING-MURDER OF ROOMMATE
SANTA ANA – A man will be arraigned tomorrow for the stabbing-murder of his roommate. Alexandre Louis Antal, 22, Huntington Beach, is charged with one felony count of murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a knife. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison. He is being held on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, July 19, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At approximately 12:20 a.m. on July 17, 2012, Antal is accused of playing videogames with 32-year-old roommate Michael Urso in their Huntington Beach home. The defendant is accused of stabbing and murdering Urso with a knife and then fleeing the scene. Other residents in the home heard the victim screaming and rushed to his aid and called 911. The victim died at the scene.
At approximately 3:45 a.m., Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officers located and arrested the defendant at the Santa Ana River Bridge and recovered a knife on the ground a few feet from the defendant.
The HBPD investigation is ongoing and law enforcement is not disclosing further information at this time. Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.