Pizza assault suspect charged

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer

A Clovis juvenile was arrested Thursday and charged with attempted murder and armed robbery in connection with an attack last week on a pizza delivery man, police said.

Karl Ortiz, 17, was arrested around 2 p.m. following an interview with police, Clovis Detective Lyndell Stansell Jr. said.

Ortiz is being held at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center.

After Guido Fernandez, 20, delivered a pizza Saturday night to a residence in the 1900 block of Gidding Street, Ortiz confronted him in the driveway, Stansell said. Fernandez was stabbed five times and suffered a collapsed left lung and punctured trachea, according to the police incident report.

Fernandez drove himself to his workplace – Papa John’s Pizza – after the attack, according to the report.

Stansell classified the attack as a crime of opportunity. “He wanted the money — it was just a robbery.”

Witness statements indicate Ortiz had been inside the home when the pizza was delivered, Stansell said.

Oritz gave police a detailed statement and admitted taking $13, the detective said.

Because of the number and nature of the stab wounds, Stansell said Ortiz was charged with attempted murder in addition to armed robbery.

“The amount of the stab wounds and the location of the (wounds indicate) a reasonable person would think that those actions would cause death,” he explained.

While initial witness statements suggested a second suspect, Stansell said at this time he believes Ortiz acted alone.

A weapon has not been located, Stansell said.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office has reviewed the case against Ortiz and intends to file a motion to seek adult sanctions against the youth.