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Calexico, E.C. men arrested for assault in Brawley after man beaten

June 04, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Police here arrested two men Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery after the men allegedly used brass knuckles to beat another man.

Jesus Tadeo Romero, 26, of El Centro and Mario Urrea, 24, of Calexico were booked into the county jail. Both had bail set at $20,000.

The victim, Francisco Sanchez, 27, of Brawley, suffered lacerations and contusions to his head, face and neck. He was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Information on his condition was unavailable.

The incident occurred about 5 p.m.

According to Brawley police, the victim was walking in the 300 block of North Imperial Avenue near Barbara Worth Junior High School when a vehicle approached.

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One man, later identified as Urrea, got out of the vehicle, reportedly grabbed a bag Sanchez was carrying and started to run.

Sanchez told police he ran after the man but the man turned and started to run toward him.

The two fought and when Sanchez was on the ground, the driver of the car, identified as Romero, left the vehicle and reportedly attacked Sanchez.

Brawley police alleged the suspects used metal or brass knuckles to strike Sanchez and kicked him in the head when he was on the ground.

The suspects then fled.

Police spotted a vehicle driven by Romero about 8:45 p.m.. Officers stopped the vehicle and detained the four occupants, including Romero and Urrea.

Police arrested the two at 9:30 p.m. They were booked into the county jail after midnight. Police did not have enough evidence to arrest the others in the vehicle.

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

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