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Man turns self in for robbery

April 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

El Centro police have arrested a 25-year-old Imperial man they think is responsible for an armed robbery of an El Centro residence Sunday.

El Centro police Lt. Tim Blankenship said Miguel Angel Ortiz walked into the El Centro Police Department about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and turned himself in.

Ortiz was wanted for armed robbery, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Police think Ortiz broke into a residence in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue about 9 p.m. Sunday.

A female resident was awakened by the intruder. The intruder, carrying a knife, tied up the victim with a cable wire and proceeded to burglarize the residence.

A few minutes later, the woman's son arrived as the thief was searching through the kitchen and living room. The son chased the thief out of the residence but was unable to catch him.


According to police, Ortiz and the woman's son are acquaintances.

Blankenship said he thinks Ortiz turned himself in because of the attention he was receiving from reports on television, radio and the newspaper.

"He was getting a lot of heat," said Blankenship.

Ortiz was being held in the county jail today with bail set at $100,000.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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