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Man charged in January stabbing

February 05, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Police charged a man with malicious wounding Wednesday night, alleging he stabbed another man nine times after an argument in early January, according to court records.

Jesus Arregurn Rubio, also known as Faustino Reyes Jr., was charged by officers with the Martinsburg Police Department. Court records gave two different dates of birth for Rubio, one indicating he is 21 years old, and the other indicating he is 26.

An investigation into the Jan. 2 stabbing began about 4:19 a.m. when police were dispatched to the 200 block of Maple Avenue. There, a man identified as Oscar Ordaz was found with a cut on his side, police said. Ordaz told police he had been involved in a fight with two white men and said he did not want police to become involved, records state.

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An hour later, officers responded to 621 State Circle Road in Martinsburg, where they found another man, Francisco Hernandez, in a yard. He was bleeding profusely from his back and shoulder area, and police learned he had been stabbed nine times, records state.

Officers determined the stabbing happened in a parking lot at the intersection of West Stephen Street and Maple Avenue, where a puddle of blood and a hat were found, records state.

Ordaz - the man with the cut on his side - later agreed to speak to police and told officers that he, Hernandez, another unidentified Hispanic man and a man known as "Cheety" were in a 1996 Mitsubishi Mirage when an argument began. He told police that the driver pulled into a parking lot and that all four men got out of the car. Ordaz said he tried to intervene when "Cheety" and the other unidentified man began fighting with Hernandez, but that he was cut and left to call police, records state.

Martinsburg Police Department officers learned on Jan. 7 that a West Virginia State Police trooper had pulled over the Mitsubishi at 5:30 a.m. on the day of the stabbing. There was blood in the car and it was towed to an impound lot, police said.

Ten days after the stabbing, on Jan. 12, the victim agreed to give a videotaped statement to police. He confirmed that the fight began in the parking lot and said that he tripped over a parking block, records state.

After he fell, Hernandez said he was attacked by "El Cheety" and another man, records allege.

Hernandez was shown several photographs and identified a photograph of Rubio as being "El Cheety," police said. The state trooper said Rubio was driving the car when it was stopped, police said.

Rubio was being held Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bail.

Conviction on a charge of malicious wounding carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

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