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E.C. woman allegedly beaten by her half-brothers

March 09, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

An El Centro woman was allegedly assaulted Thursday by her two half-brothers, who reportedly broke her nose, knocked her to the ground and repeatedly kicked her, according to El Centro police.

The brothers, Miguel Angel Garcia, 19, and a minor, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, battery with serious injury and a hate crime.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria would not elaborate on the hate crime allegation.

Garcia is being held on $20,000 bail at county jail and the minor was taken to juvenile hall.

Longoria said police were called to the emergency room of El Centro Regional Medical Center about 1:14 p.m. Thursday by the victim, Carmen Flores, 22.

Flores reportedly had gone to her mother's house on Brighton Avenue to discuss some bills and property with her mother. Her half-brothers live with the mother.

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While talking to her mother, Flores was allegedly attacked by Garcia, who reportedly hit her about the face, knocked her to the floor and repeatedly kicked her.

Longoria alleged Garcia yelled profanities during the attack.

The woman was helped to her feet and out of the house by a friend who had accompanied her to the Brighton residence. Then the younger half-brother allegedly began hitting her about the face, knocked her down again and also repeatedly kicked her.

Based on the report from Flores, officers went to the Brighton Avenue home and arrested the two brothers.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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