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Arraignment for man accused in attempted robbery, shooting in North Park

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    Arrest in attempted robbery, shooting in North Park

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-06-18 03:12:50 GMT
    A man who allegedly shot a 62-year-old North Park woman in the back last week after making a failed attempt to rob her in an alley near her home was behind bars Tuesday following his arrest at the U.S.-Mexico border. 
    A man who allegedly shot a 62-year-old North Park woman in the back last week after making a failed attempt to rob her in an alley near her home was behind bars Tuesday following his arrest at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who allegedly shot a 62-year-old North Park woman in the back last week after making a failed attempt to rob her in an alley near her home pleaded not guilty Thursday to five charges, including attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

Kenneth Ozua, 37, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel said it happened about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday in North Park when the victim was picking up her 90-year-old mother to take her to the dentist.

When the victim was putting something in the trunk of her car, the defendant allegedly pulled up with his wife in their Chevrolet TrailBlazer and asked for directions.

As the victim went back to her car, Ozua pointed a 9mm gun at her, demanding her purse, the prosecutor said.

The scared victim took off running, and Ozua shot her in the back then drove off, Vasel said.

Vasel said the victim underwent surgery and is recovering.

Thanks to a partial license plate number, police were able to identify the defendant and he was arrested Monday as he tried to come back into the United States from Mexico with his brother, according to the prosecutor.

Besides attempted murder and assault with a firearm, Ozua is charged with attempted robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

He faces 48 years to life in prison if convicted.

Ozua's 38-year-old wife, Mariela, remained at large. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.com. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for July 2.

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