Police look for suspects in fatal stabbing

EL CENTRO, Calif. – El Centro Police needs your help.  They’re looking for a suspect or suspects involved in the stabbing on Wednesday night.


El Centro Police found a 31 year old with multiple stab wounds on the 1200 block of Holt after someone called police about the incident.

The coroner says the victim was Ernesto Rodriguez.

It happened shortly after 8 in the evening Wednesday.


“I was watching TV during this has happened and then all of a sudden I see flashing lights outside of my house.  So, I went to go check and I just saw police and I thought it was just like an injury because during the time this happened there was a wrestling event going on,” Breanna Rodriguez said.

That event was happening at Central Union High School across from where police found the victim.

When police found Rodriguez an officer did CPR until he was taken to the local hospital.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say the stabbing didn’t involve the school.


“I thought a wrestler got injured.  So, I just went back inside and just continued watching what I was watching with my niece and nephew,” Rodriguez said.

Police say there are still no suspects.  They say Rodriguez had association with gangs but they’re still investigating whether this is gang related.


If you have any information please contact the police department at (760) 337-4525.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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