Accessory charge to be filed against girl


assailant sought

July 03, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Police today expected to seek a charge of being an accessory after the fact against a 17-year-old El Centro girl arrested in connection with the stabbing death Sunday of a 19-year-old El Centro man.

El Centro police Lt. Paul Longoria declined to give details about what led to the girl's arrest or why she was being considered an accessory after the fact. He said he could not release such details because the girl is a minor.

Meanwhile, Longoria said this morning police have yet to make an arrest of a suspected assailant. He said police were continuing to follow leads to narrow down suspects.

The stabbing occurred before 6:30 a.m. Sunday 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 individual outside a friend's residence on Olive.


Longoria said the stabbing occurred during the course of the confrontation, although he declined to state what police think was the reason for the confrontation.

De La Cruz was stabbed at least once in the upper chest with a sharp object, which has not yet been recovered.

When police arrived they found De La Cruz on the south curb and a person attempting to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

El Centro police Officer Aaron Reel joined the person's efforts 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 at 7:17 a.m.

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

The girl was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Orange Avenue. Police found her walking down the street.

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

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