(CNS) – A Bakersfield man accused of fatally stabbing a man during a brawl that erupted between rival Pop Warner football fans at a Monterey Park restaurant was charged Wednesday with murder.
Jose De Jesus Ruiz, 22, was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Alhambra Superior Court in connection with the slaying of Patrick Raymond Ortega, 25, of Monterey Park.
The confrontation occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday at a Shakey’s restaurant at 1955 S. Atlantic Blvd. Ruiz attended a Pop Warner game in Bell Gardens before going to the restaurant, where a group of fans from a rival team had also gone, according to authorities.
Ortega was stabbed multiple times during an argument that escalated into a physical fight.
Ruiz was arrested the following day by Monterey Park police.
Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be set at $1 million for the defendant, who is also known by the name Jose De Jesus Salas.
If convicted, he could face 26 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.