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Immigrant suspected of stabbing cellmate

April 05, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A suspected undocumented immigrant was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stabbing another suspected undocumented immigrant in a U.S. Border Patrol cell here.

Salvador Mendoza Rodriguez, 41, of Mexico, was booked into county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed his cellmate with a wire shank, said Calexico police Sgt. Armando Marquez.

The Calexico Police Department received a call from the Calexico station of the U.S. Border Patrol at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday regarding the stabbing.

Officers were advised by the Border Patrol that two suspected undocumented immigrants in a cell had an altercation that resulted in Israel Rodriguez, 19, of Mexico sustaining small punctures to the right side of his neck and right shoulder, Marquez said.

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Rodriguez was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he refused further treatment and was remanded back into Border Patrol custody, Marquez said.

There were indications that sexual advances may have been made by one of the men, but further information about the motive for the stabbing was not known, Marquez said.

The incident was still under investigation, Marquez said.

Rodriguez was held in county jail on $20,000 bail Wednesday, although information regarding his custody status was unavailable this morning.

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

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