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El Centro man arraigned on kidnapping, related charges

February 15, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

An El Centro man was arraigned in the county jail court Wednesday on kidnapping and other charges in connection with an alleged crime spree this weekend.

James Manjarrez, 21, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of petty theft and battery and felony charges of kidnapping with intent to commit another crime, second-degree robbery and battery with serious bodily injury at the county's jail court Wednesday afternoon.

A pretrial hearing was set for Tuesday in the jail court.

The charges stem from an alleged crime spree in El Centro on Friday, in which Manjarrez allegedly threatened store clerks and stole a purse before he was nabbed by police around midnight.

Officers received the first call in the early evening from a liquor store on Fourth Street.

Clerks there reported a man had engaged in a verbal dispute with a clerk and then threw a tape dispenser at the clerk before fleeing.

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Police received a second call later in the evening from the 7-Eleven convenience store at 815 Adams Ave.

The store owner told police a man had a pulled out a sharp object, held it to a female employee and dragged her across the store. Police said the store owner confronted the man and the two fought before the owner chased him off.

The third call came later in the evening from the Owl Cafe in downtown El Centro, where a man snatched a purse from a woman.

The final call came at midnight regarding a suspicious person lurking in a residential area in the south end of the city.

When officers arrived they found Manjarrez and took him into custody.

Police had those involved in the earlier calls come to the scene. El Centro police Sgt. Mike Beltran has said each of the victims identified Manjarrez as the assailant in their cases.

El Centro attorney Eric Beaudikofer has been hired to represent Manjarrez, according to court records.

Manjarrez is in the county jail with bail set at $250,000.

Staff Writer Marcy Misner can be reached at 337-3441.

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