EL CENTRO — Two teenagers who allegedly burglarized two El Centro schools during the weekend were arrested, police announced Monday.
The apprehensions of the 14-year-old and 15-year-old took place Saturday after reports that a number of Wilson Junior High School classrooms were ransacked and vandalized at around 5 a.m. At the school, officers discovered that various windows had been broken, and a trail of blood leading from the campus to the street was found, an El Centro police press release notes.
Police concluded the suspect or suspects had injured themselves while committing the break-ins.
No suspects were located during the initial investigation. But at about 6:35 a.m. police received a burglary call from Southwest High School, where a security guard had discovered broken windows and several classrooms ransacked.
Officers were able to view the campus surveillance video system, and two teens were seen committing the burglary, the release notes. One teen was identified from the video footage, and a still image of the second suspect was taken and shown to other officers on duty. When the second teen was identified, officers began looking for them.
“Through diligent police work, both suspects were in custody by 9 p.m.,” said Cmdr. Jeff Mason with the El Centro Police Department. “Our interviews of the suspects were fruitful. Their statements placed them at both campuses, and the video evidence gives us a strong case for prosecution.”
The teenagers, whose names were withheld because of their ages, were taken to the Imperial County Juvenile Detention Center.
Administrators from both school sites were in the process of inventorying the classrooms and assessing the repair costs for the damaged windows, so an estimate of loss is not readily available.
Youngster struck by car ‘stable’
A 14-year-old who was struck by a car while running across the street Sunday night is in stable condition after suffering a head injury, police said Monday.
According to statements taken from witnesses and the involved driver, a 75-year-old Brawley resident, the youngster was running east across the 300 block of Imperial Avenue and ran into the path of a sedan going north, an El Centro police release notes.
Officers found the juvenile unconscious when they arrived. The teen was then air lifted to a San Diego hospital for treatment.
“This unfortunate collision has an effect not only on the juvenile and their family, but also on the involved driver, their family and those who witnessed the event,” said El Centro police Cmdr. Jeff Mason. “We need to remind everyone to cross streets at crosswalks or intersections.”
Man suspected of choking, punching girlfriend arrested
A 29 year-old man was arrested Sunday after allegedly choking and punching his girlfriend.
No medical attention was requested for the girlfriend following the incident reported at around 5:25 p.m.
Still, the suspect identified in El Centro police call logs as Richard Guillen was arrested shortly after leaving the location. Guillen was booked into the county jail, the logs read, on suspicion of domestic violence and violating a restraining order.
Biker airlifted after collision
IMPERIAL — A motorcyclist suffered an injury to his leg and had to be airlifted by REACH helicopter to San Diego after colliding with a car near Highway 86 and 12th Street here Sunday.
The man possibly suffered a broken leg in the collision, according to Imperial police call logs, which note the accident happened shortly before noon.
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