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Police search for National City murder suspect

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NATIONAL CITY (CNS) - One man was behind bars Wednesday and a second was being sought by police in connection with the stabbing death of a 25-year-old San Diego man during a fight over the weekend in National City.

Eduardo Ortega Jr. died in a hospital following the attack on Highland Avenue near East Second Street late Saturday.

The following afternoon, Eleazar Mariscal, 34, was arrested on suspicion of his murder at an address on Epsilon Street in San Diego's Shelltown neighborhood, according to National City police.

However, a second suspect in Ortega's death -- 19-year-old Enrique Cruz Pompa of San Diego -- was able to evade arrest.

Pompa was apparently able to get the slip on detectives who were searching for him in the vicinity of 33rd Street and Ocean View Boulevard in the Mountain View neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives closing in saw Pompa and a second man drive by in a white Chevrolet pickup truck and sent a patrol car after them, but they were able to get away, police said. The truck was later found abandoned.

Police said Pompa and his companion fled through drainage ditches and yards. Neither man was located in a subsequent search.

Pompa was described as a Hispanic, about 5 feet 8, 180 pounds and stocky with shoulder-length black hair. Authorities said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Pompa's whereabouts was asked to call police at (619) 336-4411.

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