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4/4/2013 4:59:00 PM
Two charged with beating man with bat, third suspect sought by police
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Blythe Police arrested a pair of suspects in the baseball bat beating of a Blythe man on April 3, and are seeking a third suspect alleged to have been involved.

The incident began around 12:41 a.m. when officers responded to the 300 block of S. Third Street, in reference to a man who had been assaulted.

Responding officers contacted a 32-year-old man who had been beaten with a bat, and was having trouble breathing. The man was transported to Palo Verde Hospital and then was transported out of town due to the severity of his injuries.

During the investigation, officers discovered that the man had come to Appleby Park to meet with a woman identified as Elizabeth Orozco, 24, of Blythe. Once there, he was accosted by two men identified as Austin Armenta, 19, and Jesus Rivas, 24, both of Blythe. Officers learned that Orozco had conspired with Armenta and Rivas to lure the victim to the park, where Armenta struck him repeatedly with the bat. Once the man was on the ground, Rivas searched his pockets but found nothing to steal.

The three suspects fled the area in a red Chevrolet pick-up, southbound on Third Street. The beaten man was able to call out for help and a neighbor called police.

Officers checked various locations and found the suspect vehicle at a residence in the 400 block of N. Solano. Orozco was found at the location and taken into custody.

Later in the morning, officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of McKinley regarding a vandalism case. During that investigation, Armenta was contacted at the residence and taken into custody.

Orozco and Armenta were booked into the Blythe Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy. Rivas remains outstanding and a request for an arrest warrant is being submitted to the District Attorney.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by email at blythepd@cityofblythe.ca.gov.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

Amen to that Daniel!

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Jensen

All positive energy towards the victim. May you recover from your wounds speedily and thoroughly. May you find forgiveness in your heart for the human beings that caused you suffering and harm. May the cowards who committed this dastardly act find love in their hearts, and let mercy fall upon their souls. ONE LOVE

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: keep it real ............

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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Peace. It could be a Teacher, Law Enforcement Officer, or a Counselor. Just plain anyone that cares. Could talk to that child. I mean talking not yelling or threatening him or her. Treating them like humans. I don't mean for them to hold the kids hands for the rest of their life. A push in the right direction is all one needs sometime. I seen it work before. Look with all of these new laws over the past 30 years the courts say petty much what a parent can do and not do when it come to their kids it is a joke. That is why, I say a parent can only do so much. If you yell or smack a kid with your open hand any place on their body you get charge with assault do jail time and then anger-management. Plus it also Domestic Violence in which case you lose your right to have any fire arms. No matter which way you cut it you get the short end. There are a lot of good officers of the law. But not many good ones here.

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013
Article comment by: A chick that (deleted)CARMA

Im a real good friend of the victim . Both (deleted) guys guys that did this to him crama will come real soion the cictim can barily walk and he gets beat by a bat my fruend eight years ago was murdered from getting beat by at bat all three of u are (deleted) no respcect

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

Hi Pica my friend, it's been awhile. Hope all is well at ur end of the world. let's not be 2quick to judge anyone. I know Ihave. Pica, Aj knows more of his detailed life then any of us do and perhaps that is where he need to b. re your comment on parents can only do so much, well to that I say, there are good counselors and support systems that we can tap into, we just need to be proactive.Ibelieve the legal system does their job to the best of their ability and if they fail at times we must remember how we have also failed at one point and time in our own lives. It's called life, we fall we get up...it's when we stop getting up when we fall that the problem spirals. Be good to yourself, I practice that by giving people the benefit of doubt and even if they don't rise to my expectations, Iam not God and I don't want to be. Life is good my friend.

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@A J. Mckay. Words of wisdom from someone that still lives with mama.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: AJ McKay

Since when is city, state, or government agencies responsible for correcting our kids or other family members behavior? Bottom line is that everyone regardless of age knows right from wrong. You either make the choice of doing right or suffer the consequences when you do wrong. It's not even a matter of drugs. From the first time anyone experiments with drugs they are fully aware of what it can lead to. It comes down to personal choice. Choose wisely and that's it.

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Something Has Got To Give

Why havent we heard any more details on the third person that was picked up? Or perhaps an update on the victim? (deleted)

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Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Bowers

Elizabeth, I knew you when.... what happened?

Posted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Article comment by: A mother Mother

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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: A Mother

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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@Law and Social. Today's Law Enforcement Officer. ( police, Sheriff, and Probation) Cares not for people it is suppose to protect. All they care for is that paycheck. Finding a nice girl to or two to date. Many times instead of pushing a person into the right pass by talking with him. They will belittle him and try to intimidate him into submission. These people have no people skills. When these people are off duty is hard to tell who the tugs are. @ Peace parents can only do so much. As with the daughter of a preacher the first time she goes out, she will do everything that her father the preacher told her not too.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Be Still

What was the victims name? Tell us please, he is not a minor. As for Law & Social what is your job? I challenge you , what is our job as parents? Let us not point the finger at our legal system. Sociology has taught me that it starts in the home and I have to agree. We as parents help our children determine what is right and what is wrong, we must instill to the best of our abilities in our children the right morals and hope that as they grow into adulthood they would have etched them in their hearts...Please step down.

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013
Article comment by: Something Has Got To Give

This is just an example of what our town has become. Sadly nothing is being taken seriously and will only lead to further violence, perhaps even a life being taken.
All of the people involved in this situation are taking their charges lightly, hence why things like this keep happening.(deleted)
- they are on a thin line of knowing right from wrong (deleted) Just curious if any psychological evaluations have been made. Not that its not an excuse because what took place is unheard of. My apologies & prayers go out to both families who have to struggle with this nightmare.
People are quick to blame parents, pd, everyone else except the persons actually involved - we need to open our eyes. (deleted) that at the end of the day we have crying parents pleading on their knees WHERE HAVE I GONE WRONG? WHAT CAN I DO TO SAVE MY CHILD? Its a horrible case that has affected many, yet again this too will be water under a bridge, a slap on the hand and god forbid another young persons life taken because of retaliation. Multiple stories and threats are made on Facebook, yet again nothing is being done. Its happening more and more, no matter what side your on we are all effected by it as a community, we know the cause, and still cant put a stop to the violence. Something has got to give!

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