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Calexico P.D. looking into possible link between Monday fight, Saturday stabbing

October 09, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here this morning were investigating whether there was any connection between a gang fight across the street from the police station Monday and the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy Saturday.

Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said a detective was driving past a vacant lot in the 400 block of Fourth Street, adjacent to the police station, around 3:30 p.m. Monday when the detective saw the fight.

Additional police units were called in and those involved in the brawl — about five people — fled the scene.

One of the individuals, later identified as Eduardo German, 20, of El Centro, fled in a vehicle, leading police on a short pursuit through the city's downtown.

During the chase, Neujahr alleged, German threw an item out of the vehicle, which police were able to recover. He alleged the item was a package of the illegal narcotic rohypnol, also known by the trade name Roche.

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German stopped his vehicle in the 100 block of First Street and led on foot but police caught him.

He was booked into the county jail on suspicion of failing to yield without regard for public safety, reckless driving, and possessing an illegal drug.

Information on German's bail was unavailable this morning.

Without giving specific details, Neujahr said police are looking into any connection between the fight Monday and a melee that occurred early Saturday in which a 14-year-old boy was stabbed behind the right ear. That fight was thought to be gang-related.

The youth was being treated at Children's Hospital in San Diego, where he was last reported to be in stable condition.

The identity of the 14-year-old has not been released, and there was no information on whether he is a gang member.

Police also are investigating another fight that occurred Saturday in which a youth was struck on the head with a pipe.

Francisco Perez, 19, of Calexico was arrested by police in connection with that fight.

Neujahr said the second fight may have been a retaliation for the stabbing. He added no arrests have been made in connection with the stabbing.

Perez was booked into the county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

There was no information as to whether Perez is involved with a gang.

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

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