Man attacked during botched robbery, suspect arrested

April 10, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

An El Centro man was attacked and bitten Monday night during a botched robbery attempt.

El Centro police Officer Jorge Hernandez was en route to the 1500 block of South Cypress Drive in response to a residential burglary alarm call at 7:19 p.m. when he passed a suspicious- looking man on a bicycle, Lt. Paul Longoria said.

The man was bleeding from the face and his clothing was in disarray, Longoria said.

Hernandez stopped the man and was interviewing him when the El Centro Police Department received another call from a separate residence in the 1500 block of South Cypress Drive, Longoria said.

The second call reported that a man had been attacked by an intruder whose description matched that of the man on the bicycle, Longoria said.


During that attack, the victim, a 71-year-old man, was watching television alone in his home when he discovered an intruder in his residence, Longoria said.

A struggle ensued during which the suspect bit one of the victim's fingers and threw an object at him as the victim tried to push the man from his home, Longoria said.

The suspect, Guillermo Partida, 43, of El Centro, was arrested on suspicion of attempted residential robbery after he was identified by the victim, Longoria said.

Police also will request Partida be charged with burglary, Longoria said.

Police think Partida entered the residence through an unlocked door and was surprised to find someone home, Longoria said.

The victim was treated and released from El Centro Regional Medical Center. Partida's injuries did not require medical treatment, Longoria said.

Officers also found tire tracks matching Partida's bicycle at the scene of the first residence to which police responded, Longoria said.

Officers think Partida may have tripped that residence's alarm, Longoria said.

Information on Partida's bail amount or if he was still in county jail today was unavailable at presstime this morning.

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

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