E.C. man allegedly assaults wife, stabs himself

March 21, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

An El Centro man allegedly stabbed, beat and otherwise assaulted his estranged wife Tuesday at her apartment before stabbing himself.

El Centro police officers responded to 340 S. 6th St. around 12:30 p.m. in reference to a 911 hang up, said El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria.

Outside the apartment complex officers found a 35-year-old female with blood on her clothing, Longoria said. She appeared to be bleeding from her head and one limb, Longoria said.

The victim indicated the suspect, her husband, was inside the apartment, Longoria said.

Officers found 36-year-old Eduardo Ocegueda Mora of Heber lying inside the apartment with multiple stab wounds to his upper torso, Longoria said.


His wounds are thought to be self-inflicted, Longoria said.

Mora was transported by ambulance to El Centro Regional Medical Center, from where he was flown to the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, where she was treated for multiple lacerations to her head and at least one stab wound to a limb, Longoria said.

Longoria would not elaborate on the extent of her wounds or which limb was stabbed, citing the ongoing investigation.

The woman was treated and released from Pioneers, Longoria said.

Officers recovered a miniature wooden baseball bat and a household knife, thought to be weapons used in the assault, from the scene, Longoria said.

There were indications of a struggle in the apartment and investigators think the attack occurred just prior to the 911 call, Longoria said.

Mora was booked in absentia into Imperial County jail Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder, Longoria said.

A restraining order against Mora apparently was filed by the woman prior to Tuesday's attack, although Longoria did not know when that order was filed.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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