Dispute leaves one El Centro man stabbed, another arrested

May 01, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 43-year-old El Centro man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly knifed another man in the abdomen during a dispute Monday.

Robert Romero was being held in the Imperial County jail this morning with his bail set at $100,000.

The victim, Alex Ortiz, also an El Centro resident, was in stable condition in El Centro Regional Medical Center this morning.

According to El Centro police Sgt. Mike Crankshaw, the stabbing occurred during a dispute that broke out while the two were in a trailer in the back of a residence at 458 Hamilton Ave. around noon.

At one point during the dispute, police allege, Romero stabbed Ortiz in the lower abdomen.

Crankshaw said there was a witness at the scene.

After the stabbing, Ortiz left the trailer, wandered into the alley and into the 400 block of Heil Avenue. A neighbor spotted him and called police to report there was an injured man in the area.


When police arrived they found Ortiz and started the investigation.

Based on reports from the victim and the witness, officers began their search for Romero. Neither Romero nor Ortiz lives at the residence on Hamilton.

El Centro police Officer Jose Guerrero spotted Romero on Fifth Street and Orange Avenue about 4 p.m. and took him into custody.

After Romero was questioned, police booked him on suspicion of attempted murder.

Crankshaw said police are continuing to investigate what motivated the argument. Police recovered the weapon.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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