"Maybe I shouldn't have stabbed that guy so many times."
Local punk singer arrested in murder
March 27, 2007
LOS ANGELES -- The former lead singer of suburban Chicago punk rock band Mest was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing a 25-year-old man during an argument, police said.
Anthony Lovato, 26, was being held on $1 million bail pending an investigation of criminal homicide, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lovato and another man were arguing early Sunday in the parking structure of an apartment building when the man punched Lovato, Lopez said.
Lovato pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the unidentified man many times, authorities said.
When police arrived, they found the wounded victim on the ground. He died later at a hospital.
Lt. Andrew Neiman said Lovato was calm and cooperative when police arrived.
"He did in fact call the police, call 911, after the incident and remained on the scene [to] surrender himself," he said.
Authorities said Lovato and the victim had been involved with the same woman at different times, and police had been called to her apartment Saturday night when the two men fought, but no one was arrested at that time.
Lovato helped form Mest in 1995 in Blue Island, and recorded several albums on Madonna's Maverick label and performed on the Warped Tour, a touring music and extreme sports festival, in 2003.
The band broke up last year.
It's strange because we played shows together. They partied with us and crashed at our drummer's house. Weird.