E.C. man stabbed to death

suspect sought

July 02, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A 19-year-old El Centro man was fatally stabbed Sunday on the east side of the city, and while police are continuing their search for a suspect, a teen-age girl was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.

The stabbing occurred before 6:30 a.m. in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue.

Killed was Edward De La Cruz, who police think was involved in a confrontation with at least one person outside a friend's residence on Olive.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria, who said he could not release much detail in the case because of the effect it could have on the investigation, said the stabbing occurred during the confrontation.

De La Cruz was stabbed at least once in the upper chest with a sharp object.

When police arrived, they found De La Cruz on the south curb line as a person attempted to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


El Centro police Officer Aaron Reel joined that person and together they continued the CPR until medical crews arrived.

De La Cruz was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have identified a number of subjects who were at the scene during the altercation.

"We have narrowed the field of suspects to less than a handful," Longoria said.

He added police arrested a 17-year-old girl shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Orange Avenue. They found her walking down the street.

Longoria declined to release information on what led to the girl's arrest or her connection to the crime.

He said only that she was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. The girl's identity was not released.

No weapon was recovered connected to the stabbing. Longoria said he hoped to be able to release more information on the case in coming days.

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

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