Lead Singer of Mest Arrested for Murder

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One man has been stabbed to death, and the front man of a local punk rock band is behind bars, accused of murder. It happened outside an apartment complex in Studio City. Tricia Takasugi brings us the details of the investigation

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Edit: so here is the deal. Tony Lovato, the lead singer of the now defunct pop-punk band Mest was arrested for stabbing another individual in the parking garage of an apt. complex in Studio City. He is claiming that the other man was the aggressor. Also, they had another altercation earlier in the evening that involved the polic before the stabbing. There were some women present too. There are not a lot of details being released. Tony is being cooperative and he was the one who called 911

Edit Again from http://www.dailynews.com/ci_5520280?source=rss

Mest frontman arrested in stabbing death
Victim found outside Studio City apartment complex
BY SUSAN ABRAM Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 03/25/2007 07:14:06 PM PDT

STUDIO CITY - Anthony Lovato, the frontman for the former punk band Mest, was arrested today on suspicion of stabbing a 25-year-old man to death outside an apartment complex.

Los Angeles police from the North Hollywood station were called to the 10900 block of Bluffside Drive at 8:05 a.m. and found a man lying in the parking lot with stab wounds in his chest, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

The man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died, Lopez said.

Lovato, 26, was later arrested and was cooperative, Lopez said.

"It's believed the victim and Lovato were involved in a verbal dispute, possibly over a girlfriend," Lopez said. "That's when the suspect whipped out a knife."

Lovato is being held on $1 million bail.

Mest, a four-member Illinois based band, that formed in the mid-1990s, released several albums on Madonna's Maverick label and performed on the Warped Tour, a touring music and extreme sports festival, in 2003.

They broke up in 2006 with Lovato and other members starting up a new band, according to their Myspace.com site.


another update: The victim is apparently the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, Wayne Hughes. this is from wikipedia, so i dont know if its true