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Bail revoked for teen in E.C. Liquor stabbing

August 31, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

An 18-year-old El Centro man charged with attempted murder in an Aug. 21 stabbing was back in custody this week after the bail he posted was revoked, El Centro police Sgt. Mike Crankshaw reported Thursday.

Andres Ochoa was booked back into the county jail this week and remained in custody this morning in connection with a stabbing of a clerk in front of El Centro Liquor at 401 State St.

Ochoa's bail remained at $100,000 this morning.

Crankshaw said Ochoa posted bail a day after he was booked into the jail last week. However, the bail bondsman — whose name was not available — reportedly got word Ochoa was planning to flee. Crankshaw said based on that information the bondsman revoked the bail and took Ochoa back into custody.

There was no information this morning on the victim of the stabbing, Michael Lee, 30, an employee at the liquor store. He was stabbed in the stomach but the wound was not life-threatening, and a day after the attack he was reported to be recovering.

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According to police, Ochoa entered the store with a woman and started to argue with clerks.

When clerks told him to go outside he did, but Ochoa reportedly continued to shout into the store.

Lee went out to confront him and that's when the stabbing occurred.

John Espinoza of Imperial, a delivery truck driver from Alford Distributing, was at the scene and he ended up chasing the attacker, who was later identified as Ochoa.

Espinoza tackled Ochoa and held him until police arrived.

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

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