The investigation into the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old former Marine outside a Hemet bar nine months ago has gone cold, prompting detectives Monday to ask for the public’s help.Nicholas Males of Whittier was fatally stabbed in the predawn hours of June 19, 2016, while walking with family and friends to a parking lot adjacent to the Elite Bar & Lounge at 118 North Harvard Ave.
Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust said investigators have been working to identify suspects and gather evidence, but there just hasn’t been a break in the case to date.
According to investigators, Males had gone to Shooters Sports Bar on Florida Avenue to rendezvous with his sister, brother-in-law and several cousins for a birthday party on the evening of June 18.
The group left shortly after 2 a.m., walking to their vehicles near the Elite Bar & Lounge.
Witnesses told police that a large group of drunken people were loitering in the parking area and accosted the smaller group with Males, apparently making provocative remarks. Words were exchanged, and the larger group assaulted the victims.
Males was stabbed in the stomach. The father of two was transported to Hemet Valley Medical Center, where he died a short time later.
Another person, whose identity was not released, was also hurt in the attack. The assailants scattered before officers arrived.
Males had served four years in the Marine Corps and was working in his family’s business at the time of his death.
Pust said investigators are seeking any information available about the attack. Anyone who can help is urged to contact Investigator Doug Klinzing at (951) 765-2400.
— City News Service
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