Suspect Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of Pastor's Son

A San Diego man, wanted as a suspect in the stabbing death of a Murrieta man and the critical wounding of another, was arrested Sunday night, according to a published report. 

Matthew Alexis Basler, 30, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley on charges of murder, attempted murder and trying to dissuade a witness, according to The Californian. Bail was set at $1 million.

Basler, also known as "Matty," was arrested in Vista by Riverside County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives.

Ryan Joshua Armstrong was stabbed to death 10:20 p.m. December 26 outside ET Sports Lounge in Temecula. Armstrong suffered multiple stab wounds and died at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

The 22-year-old was the son of the Rev. Ron Armstrong, founding and senior pastor at Wildomar's Cornerstone Community Church, which has about 5,000 active members.

Two of the suspects, Marvin Black, 25, and James Fung, 29, were arrested two weeks ago.

According to witness accounts, the fight began as an argument inside the bar, and then Basler started brawling with Armstrong, according to homicide investigators.

Black pleaded not guilty to all charges last week. Basler is expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

Read more about this arrest in the article in The Californian.

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