Matt Potter 3:30 p.m., Feb. 23
Brawl at School Carnival Turned Into Stabbing
A carnival hosted at Fallbrook High School two weeks ago degenerated into a brawl which then escalated into a stabbing, according to testimony in court today.
A man identified as “Jose” told investigators that he didn’t like the “stare” of another man, after 9 p.m. Saturday night, June 2, at the school’s fundraiser. A challenge was made and the men began to fight in the school’s parking lot, Jose told Sheriff’s Deputy James Cady. When Jose straddled the unconscious man on the ground and continued to pummel him, one of the many onlookers yelled out, “My homeboy! My homeboy!” and stabbed Jose, according to the alleged victim’s version of events.
Jose was in hospital two days, suffering a fractured rib and a partially collapsed lung and possible kidney damage. He was able to identify his stabber as 18-year-old Juan Carlos Lopez, according to deputies.
Prosecutor Cal Logan alleged that Juan Carlos Lopez is a member of the Vario Fallbrook Locos and his gang moniker is “Nervous.”
Judge Richard Mills ordered Lopez to face multiple felony counts for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, plus gang allegations. The judge dismissed charges against two other young men who were arrested the same night, the judge finding an insufficiency of evidence.