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Canyon Country Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Canyon Country Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Steven Markarian, 19, of Canyon Country, will be back in court June 24 on allegations that he stabbed another man in a gang dispute.

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Markarian pleaded not guilty Friday at Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando. 

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives arrested Markarian on Wednesday in connection with a stabbing on last Tuesday, a Sheriff’s Station official said.

Markarian, a suspected gang member, confronted the victim and began an argument Tuesday night, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

The victim was walking home with a friend near the 27300 block of Sara Street in Canyon Country, where he was confronted by the suspect, said Sgt. Dean Currie of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s COBRA team.

The stabbing occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Markarian was found near Jakes Way in Canyon Country around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Markarian is being booked for attempted murder,

Markarian is being held in lieu of $1,090,000 bail at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.

The stabbing is being investigated as a gang-related incident, according to Sheriff’s Station officials.

“He was walking on his way home when the assault occurred,” Currie said.  “We knew he was with one other person.”

The stabbing took place near the River Park Apartments in Canyon Country. The suspect fled the scene before responding deputies arrived at the apartment complex where the assault took place.

The victim was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair his wounds from the stabbing.

The victim is listed in stable condition, Currie said.

“We’re trying to determine that if its going to be gang-related,” Currie said. “I don’t think it was a robbery. It sounded like it started with a dispute.”

The station’s COBRA Team handles all juvenile and gang-related crimes.

No further details are available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website

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Canyon Country Stabbing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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