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Husband faces charges in stabbing

By Staff | Feb 11, 2008

A domestic violence situation in Estherville in Feb. 4 resulted in the filing of two charges–willful injury and going armed with intent.

According to information released by Captain Brent Shatto of Estherville Police Department, officers were contacted on Feb. 5 by a person who gave the information regarding a female who had been stabbed by her husband on Feb. 4. The individual reported the woman was going to be transported to Avera Holy Family Health for treatment of her injuries.

Officers met with the victim at the hospital. She was identified as Jennyfer Rodriguez, 21, of Estherville. She reported that on the evening of Feb. 4, she was stabbed in the leg during an altercation with her husband.

Police noted she reported he was using the name of Esteban Escobar and that she did have a stab wound to her left thigh.

During the course of the investigation, officers did determine that Esteban Escobar was a fictitious name and found that his real name was Florencio Victoriano-Ortigoza, 29, of Estherville.

Two arrests warrants for him were obtained for the two charges.

Victoriano-Ortigoza was arrested on Feb. 5 in Graettinger by Estherville Police and placed in the Emmet County Jail on the charges.

The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office was contacted and they placed an immigration detainer on Victoriano-0rtigoza.

The charge of willful injury is a Class C felony punishable by no more than 10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $10,000. Going armed with intent is a Class D felony and is punishable by no more than five years in prison and a fine of $750 to $7,500. Victoriano-Ortigoza is currently incarcerated in the Emmet County Jail with a bond of $22,750 cash or surety and the immigration detainer.

Shatto is reminding citizens that if they are, or know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, to report the crimes to the Estherville Police, 712-362-3515, or the Center Against Assault and Sexual Abuse at 712-362-4612.