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Costa Mesa stabbing victim identified

Police say Robert Jay Liken, 43, of Long Beach was killed after a confrontation with a Huntington Beach man over a woman.

September 05, 2012|By Lauren Williams
(Courtesy Costa…)

Police on Wednesday identified the man who was stabbed to death in Costa Mesa as Robert Jay Liken, 43, of Long Beach.

Costa Mesa police believe Adolph Mireles, 38, of Huntington Beach stabbed Liken about 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Atlanta Way after the two fought over a relationship they had with the same woman.

Liken was at the home visiting the woman, according to police.

Neighbors said a husband, wife and their two sons live at the house where Liken was killed, and that the family, after facing some financial difficulty, rented out a room to a large tattooed man and his girlfriend.

Neighbors said they complained to police about disturbances at the home before the stabbing.

Late Tuesday, police found the 2011 Toyota Corolla they believe Mireles used to leave the crime scene. It was parked on a street in northwest Long Beach, according to Sgt. Cam Phillips.

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The murder weapon was not found in the car, and Mireles, who is considered armed and dangerous, remains at large, according to authorities. Police said he was recently released from prison.

Earlier reports described Mireles as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, with a heavy build, goatee and mustache. In a photo provided by police, he appeared to be Latino with dark hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Costa Mesa Police Department at (714) 754-5252.

lauren.williams@latimes.com

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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