Shelley Malil turned himself in on the advice of relatives and friends, say police

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 12, 2008 11:55 AM

Shelley Malil, an actor who played one of Steve Carell’s co-workers in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, has been arrested for investigation of attempted murder after his former girlfriend was critically injured when she was stabbed more than 20 times, authorities said Tuesday.

Malil, 43, was arrested Monday in Oceanside, Calif., after disembarking from a train from Los Angeles, Lt. Phil Brust of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.

The actor had gone to the beach city to meet his attorney, who along with family and friends had persuaded him to surrender to authorities, police said.

Deputies in San Marcos, Calif., responded Sunday night to reports of screams for help and breaking glass and found a woman with multiple stab wounds and cuts on her face. Listed as critical Monday morning, the woman’s condition was not known on Tuesday.

“Malil and the victim had apparently been in a dating relationship which recently ended,” according to the police the statement, which said Malil faced charges of investigation of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary.

Sheriff’s deputies did not know the identity of Malil’s lawyer. Besides the 2005 Steve Carell comedy, the actor also appeared on such TV shows as NYPD Blue, Scrubs and Reba.