Man, 26, killed in T.O. condo stabbing



CRIME SCENE–Law enforcement officials investigate the unit at Casa de Oaks condominium in Thousand Oaks where a 26-year-old man was found dead from a reported stabbing on Memorial Day.                              JOEL COUNCIL/Acorn Newspapers

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is still trying to determine the events that led up to a homicide that took place Monday inside a condominium complex just off Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

At 1:15 a.m. on May 28, deputies discovered the body of 26-year-old Chad O’Melia inside a unit at Casa de Oaks on Maegan Place. They also found a 27-year-old woman seriously injured and transported her to Los Robles Regional Medical Center.

As of Wednesday morning, the female—who police still aren’t identifying—remained in the hospital, sheriff’s department spokesperson Capt. Garo Kuredjian said.

He did not know her condition, adding that police investigators had not yet had the opportunity to talk with her.

Eyewitnesses saw a bloody female being rolled away from the apartment on a gurney the night of the incident. Officials believe the attacks took place inside the unit and were confined to O’Melia and the woman. Police are still trying to confirm how the two are connected; he lived at the complex, she did not.

“It’s important for people to know this was all inside the unit,” Kuredjian said. “This is not one of those where we have someone dangerous on the loose.”

The sheriff’s department is not saying who it suspects of the violence nor is it releasing or confirming the type of injury or cause of death.

A witness at the scene, however, caught on camera an officer telling arriving paramedics there were two stabbing victims with heavy trauma. Kuredjian said crime scene investigators were able to collect substantial evidence inside the apartment.

Two men, who Kuredjian said are not considered people of interest, were inside the unit at the time of the incident.

O’Melia worked for Camarillo-based certified public accountant Michael DiSabatino. The firm’s website notes O’Melia was pursuing his CPA license and worked with clients in various industries performing account and tax audit support functions.

“In Chad’s spare time, he trains in boxing and is an avid follower of the sport,” his bio says.