New Year’s Eve stabbing in Westminster results in one death

Staff report
Posted 1/14/21

A male in his early twenties died after a stabbing in Westminster on Dec. 31 Authorities have since arrested two suspects, Brett Philip Kalina and Deven Mykol Lamaster, both 29. The incident occurred …

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New Year’s Eve stabbing in Westminster results in one death

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A male in his early twenties died after a stabbing in Westminster on Dec. 31

Authorities have since arrested two suspects, Brett Philip Kalina and Deven Mykol Lamaster, both 29. The incident occurred at Circle K, 7484 Sheridan Boulevard, after 6:00 p.m. over a dispute about $40, a department press release said. Police haven’t released the victim’s name.

Police believe that Kalina and Lamaster confronted the victim after the victim exited Circle K. Police say there is a third person of interest who they haven’t arrested. After the stabbing, paramedics took the victim to the hospital, where they died of life-threatening injuries.

The suspects fled after the confrontation and wouldn’t be found until days later. On Jan. 3, members of the victim’s family saw Lamaster walking down 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street, and called the police. Officers properly identified and arrested him without incident.

However, by that time, Kalina had fled to Decatur, Illinois. Westminster PD used detective leads to discover this and coordinated with law enforcement in Illinois to apprehend Kalina. There, police also found the vehicle Kalina and Lamaster used to flee after the Dec. 31 stabbing.

Kalina resides in jail in Illinois awaiting an extradition hearing. Lamaster is in the Adams County jail. Westminster PD plans to recommend to the Adams County district attorney’s office charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

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