Police to seek assault charge in alleged attack

March 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

El Centro police have opted to seek charges of assault with a deadly weapon rather than attempted murder against a man who allegedly struck a woman with an ax handle earlier this week.

On Tuesday police arrested Marvin Beck, 59, of El Centro and booked him into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

At the time police had reports that Beck had reportedly hit a woman, Lisa Montañez, 39, on the head with a coat hanger.

Based on the arrest on allegations of attempted murder, Beck was held with his bail set at $100,000.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria said investigators will seek charges against Beck through the District Attorney's Office, but he said the matter will be treated as an alleged assault with a deadly weapon.


Police also have determined Montañez was struck with an ax handle and not a coat hanger.

The case started when Beck called police to report he saw a woman leaving his residence in the 1200 block of Olive Ave. at about 6:50 p.m. Tuesday. Police at that time were treating the matter as a possible burglary.

Officers responded and found Montañez walking about a block away. She was bleeding from her head and she complained of neck pain.

Longoria said Montañez told police a different story.

She said Beck had hit her after they got into an argument over some money Beck owed Montañez.

Information on why police first reported she was hit with a coat hanger was unavailable this morning.

Longoria said police will file the necessary paperwork today to seek charges against Beck.

Beck remained in county jail this morning, his bail still set at $100,000.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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