Escondido police officers brought three suspects to headquarters for alleged violations of probation and gang injunctions after midnight in the early morning hours of November 1, 2010, Halloween night.
One officer, Raymond Solorio, then noticed what looked like blood spatter on two of the teens. About that time, officer Shannon Martin returned from Palomar Hospital, where he had interviewed Jose S., a 20-year-old man who was getting stab wounds stapled up.
Jose told Officer Martin he had ridden his bicycle to the corner market at East Lincoln Avenue and Gamble Street before midnight. It was there that three Hispanic men confronted him, Jose said. One of the men called out a gang challenge, and then the three beat, stabbed, and stomped him to the ground, Jose said, before they got in a small white Honda and drove away.
Officer Solorio reported that he assisted other officers who had pulled over a small white Honda that same night in Escondido. Solorio said he removed an 18-inch baseball bat out of the waistband of Rodrigo Resendiz’s pants. When Martin and Solorio noticed blood on the clothing of older brother Noe Resendiz and companion Ivan Martinez, the tainted items were confiscated as evidence.
Prosecutor Cal Logan said DNA testing proved the blood on Noe Resendiz’s and Ivan Martinez’s clothing belonged to alleged assault victim Jose S.
At a Vista Courthouse hearing on Monday, February 7, superior court judge Runston Maino ordered Ivan Martinez, 16, Rodrigo Resendiz, now 18, and his older brother Noe Resendiz, 19, to stand trial on assault charges enhanced by gang allegations. They all pleaded not guilty.