Suspect, 19, Sought in Man's Stabbing Death

Enrique Cruz Pompa, 19, is the suspect in the deadly April 9 stabbing of Eduardo Ortega, 25, in National City

Detectives are searching for a young suspect accused of stabbing a man to death on the streets of National City three weeks ago.

The National City Police Department (NCPD) said Thursday that detectives have identified Enrique Cruz Pompa, 19, in the slaying of Eduardo Ortega, 25.

On April 9, Ortega was stabbed several times in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue. He was found unresponsive on the east sidewalk and died from his wounds a short time later, the NCPD said.

Witnesses told police the victim was involved in some type of altercation with an unknown man before being stabbed.

Now, detectives believe that man was Pompa – a documented gang member who is considered armed and dangerous.

Police said Pompa has a no bail, felony arrest warrant for homicide. The wanted fugitive is described by police as a Hispanic man who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Pompa’s whereabouts should call NCPD Detective V. Fernando at (619) 587-2140 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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