On January 18th, 2019 at about 0045 hours, the Escondido Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the 100 Block of E. 15th Avenue regarding a female needing medical attention. Upon arrival the female, identified as 27-year-old Laura Elizabeth Bautista, was unresponsive to police and fire personnel. EFD personnel transported Laura Bautista to Palomar Hospital. 25-year-old, Jose Enrique Bautista, was detained at the location by police. Jose is the brother of the victim. Initial information indicated Jose and Laura had been involved in a physical altercation stemming from a family argument.
EPD Detectives and the Forensic Services Unit responded to investigate the incident. As a result of the investigation, probable cause was developed to arrest Jose Enrique Bautista for attempted homicide.
The victim’s injuries are severe and she is not expected to survive.
The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Det. Umstot at 760-839-4463.
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