August 12, 2008
An actor who appeared in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' has been arrested in connection with an attack on his former girlfriend, authorities said Tuesday.
Shelley Malil, 43, was arrested Monday night as he got off a train in Oceanside, Lt. Phil Brust of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
Malil had taken the train from Los Angeles to meet with his attorney, who along with family and friends had persuaded him to turn himself in, police said.
On Sunday night about 15 miles east in San Marcos, deputies answering reports of screams for help and breaking glass found a woman with multiple stab wounds and cuts on her face, with no suspect at the scene.
She was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition Monday morning. Authorities did not know her condition early Tuesday.
'Malil and the victim had apparently been in a dating relationship which recently ended,' the statement said.Malil was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary and booked into the county's detention center, the statement said.
A deputy on duty early Tuesday did not know the name of Malil's lawyer and attempts to identify and reach him for comment were unsuccessful.
Malil played one of star Steve Carell's co-workers in 'The 40-Year-Old-Virgin,' and has appeared in dozens of TV shows including 'NYPD Blue' and 'Scrubs.'