Car thief leads El Centro Police on a high speed chase

Car thief leads El Centro Police on a high speed chase


Yuma, AZ- A car thief leads El Centro Police on a high speed chase. The theif is being hospitalized and 3 officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Around 2:00 AM, on January 6, 2013, officers from the El Centro Police Department responded to a reported stabbing near the area of 7th Street and Commercial Avenue.

The victim; a 17 year old male, was found in an alley near Commercial Avenue.  He had suffered several stab wounds and was transported to a local area hospital. He did not survive his injuries, and died at the hospital.

Patrol officers and detectives have developed several leads on potential suspects.  They are currently working those leads.

"Gang involvement maybe a factor in this homicide", said Commander Jeff Mason.  "Based upon our initial interviews with witnesses, we feel confident the suspect or suspects will be identified", said Mason.

"Because of the on going nature of this investigation, additional details about the victim, his injuries and our efforts will not be made public at this time", Mason said.

Courtesy: ECPD

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