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This story has been updated to include additional comments from OCSD

Lillian Boyd and Shawn Raymundo, San Clemente Times

Orange County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed reports of a stabbing that occurred during a party taking place at a vacation rental on the 100 block of Avenida Cordoba in San Clemente this past Sunday, Jan. 19.

Deputy sheriffs were called out to the short-term lodging unit, or STLU, on Cordoba at around 9 p.m. to respond to reports of an assault, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Carrie Braun.

Witnesses there reported that a man had suffered multiple stab wounds.

“When deputies arrived, they found a male victim in his 20s with multiple stab wounds to his leg,” Braun said in an email to San Clemente Times on Wednesday, Jan. 22. “Six people were detained.”

The victim was transported to a local hospital. Investigators determined that the suspect was Ariya Rajab, 18. He was arrested and booked into jail for one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The status of the victim was unclear at the time of this posting.

Braun confirmed that deputies had been called out to the lodging unit to address neighborhood calls regarding the party.

Deputies, she said in the email, “responded as allowed by law. It appeared there may have been code enforcement violations, and the city’s code enforcement was contacted.” Braun added that any questions relating to the city’s code enforcement should be directed to San Clemente officials.

During the city council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Mayor Dan Bane assured residents that the city and code enforcement is aware of the situation and has been in contact with chief of Police Services. Lt. Edward Manhart to address the issue.

As of this update, officials with the city had not yet responded to San Clemente Times’ request for additional comment.

This is a developing story.

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