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Police Still Searching for Second Suspect Wanted in National City Stabbing

Police are actively searching for a second suspect wanted in connection with a man's stabbing death in National City over the weekend. 

Eduardo Ortego Jr., 25, of San Diego, was found on the east sidewalk of the 200 block of North Highland Avenue Saturday night, National City police (NCPD) officers said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Police arrested a 34-year-old suspect in the case shortly after. In their interviews with him, he identified a second suspect, Enrique Cruz Pompa, said Lt. Robert Rounds.

Authorities spotted what they believed to be his white Chevy Tuesday night and pursued the suspect, following it down side streets until they found it abandoned, left unoccupied and veered onto someone's property, Rounds said. 

The two occupants inside bolted, running eastbound through a ravine. 

It was then police began a yard-to-yard search with the help of a helicopter. The suspects escaped the containment area, police said, and they have not been able to find them since. 

The victim did not have any ties to gangs, police said, but the suspects are gang members. Rounds said the homicide is gang related. 

Ortego Jr. leaves behind two children and a family in the area. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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