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Apr 30, 2001

Man beaten by angry wife’s friends

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What would have been a routine lover’s quarrel, instead ended in violence on Saturday night. David Ortega, a security guard for Publics Supermarket, left work around nine-thirty and reached his home on Logwood Street fifteen minutes later. But that was fifteen minutes too late for his common law wife Maria Virginia Cawich, who believed he was cavorting with another woman. After a brief argument Cawich left the residence. But that was not the end of the incident. Ortega told News 5′s Jose Sanchez that when she returned, it was with a gun-toting posse.

David Ortega, Beaten by Thugs

“Three other Creole guys came along with those other two that came before and said to open the door or they will break it. But I didn’t listen to them and I closed the door. One of them threw a Belikin pint through the window and after that the other one started to kick the door until they broke the screen door first. And they continued kicking the other door until they broke the lock and they got in and that is where they started beating me up. One of them hit me with a Belikin pint on my head and burst my head. And after a while they were beating me up they threw me from the house downstairs. I dropped downstairs and I stand up and they came down behind me and continued to beat me up until one of them told the other one to shoot me in my head. This other guy pulled out a gun and put it to my face and that was when this same girl did this set up, which Maria Virginia Cawich, said that was enough. They didn’t want to listen and she started to cry and tried to get in front of me so they can do nothing more. That was when they agreed to leave.”

Ortega said that he is not willing to reconcile his differences with Cawich and he will press charges against her and her companions. So far no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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