A 21-year-old West Covina man who allegedly stabbed another man in the parking lot just north of the Santa Monica Pier early Thursday, May 17th, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, Santa Monica police said.

Following the attack, at about midnight, the victim, who sustained multiple stab wounds in the upper body and back, went up to the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant on the pier, where he collapsed, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.

Restaurant employees called police and Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics treated the victim at the scene. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and later released, Padilla said.

The incident occurred after the victim walked up to the group of suspects in the parking lot and they got into an argument, he said. The victim and suspects then began to fight, at which point one of the suspects allegedly stabbed the victim multiple times, Padilla said.

The group of suspects then fled the area on foot and were later located by police in a beach parking lot in the 1100 block of Pacific Coast Highway, he said.

Police are investigating the incident and have not yet determined the reason for the fight or the alleged subsequent stabbing, he said. The weapon allegedly used in the stabbing has not been recovered.

Initially, six suspects were arrested and taken to the Santa Monica Jail and five were later released, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8427.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463. (800-78-CRIME). Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction may become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.