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February 11, 2014 - On Sunday, February 2, 2014 at about 2:23 AM, Officers of the Hobbs Police Department responded to the 1200 block N. San Mateo in reference to a disturbance.  Officers learned that a fight had taken place and the people involved had left in different vehicles.  There were two people driven to Lea Regional Hospital by personal vehicle who had been stabbed.  Oscar Mediano, age 17, was pronounced dead at the hospital and Omar Cruz, age 18, was treated for his injuries and released.

Hobbs Police Department Detectives have been investigating several leads in the case and learned that the fight ensued after a disagreement at a party.  Detectives have obtained arrest warrants for Armando Espinoza, age 22, charging him with Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery a Third Degree Felony and Michael Rodriguez, age 25, with Accessory to wit Second Degree Murder and Accessory to wit Aggravated Battery a Third Degree Felony.

These suspects are considered armed and dangerous.  The Hobbs Police Department is asking anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact the Hobbs Police Department 575-397-9265 or Lea or Lea County Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005. 

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