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Calexico gang fights Saturday leave two wounded

October 08, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Two suspected gang fights here Saturday left one 14-year-old boy with a stab wound to his head and another youth with a head injury after being struck with a pipe.

The first melee occurred about 1 a.m. in the 800 block of Lincoln Street.

According to police, units were called to that area based on reports of several individuals running around causing a disturbance.

By the time police arrived the subjects had fled, but police found with a victim.

That youth, whose identity was unavailable, was being held by his father and was groggy. He ended up passing out and convulsing at the scene.

Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said police found a stab wound behind the youth's right ear.

An ambulance was called and the teen was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center. He was later flown to Children's Hospital in San Diego. His condition was reported to be stable morning.

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Neujahr said the stabbing occurred in a gang fight. He said information the victim gave before he passed out and input from neighbors led police to that conclusion.

There was no information whether the youth who was stabbed is in a gang.

At 9 p.m. Saturday police were called to the 400 block of Third Street regarding another disturbance.

When officers arrived, they found a youth with a head injury. That youth, also taken to El Centro Regional, said he had been struck with a pipe.

Neujahr said police are investigating whether the second case was retribution for the stabbing.

The young man who was hit with the pipe was able to tell police who attacked him. From that information police arrested a man on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Francisco Perez, 19, of Calexico was booked into the county jail, where he remained this morning. Information on his bail was unavailable.

No arrests have been made in the stabbing and the case is still under investigation.

Police have asked that anyone with information about the cases contact the Police Department at 768-2140.

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

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