Court documents: Orellana denies stabbing man

2011-08-23T12:20:00Z 2012-04-09T16:20:13Z Court documents: Orellana denies stabbing manBy Dolly A. Butz - Sioux City Journal

SOUTH SIOUX CITY - Court documents reveal that a victim was asked about being in a gang before he was allegedly stabbed multiple times Saturday by Andrew Orellana.

Orellana denied committing the crime to police.

Orellana, 32, is charged with first-degree assault and using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, both class II felonies, and making a terroristic threat, a class IV felony. He is being held at the Dakota County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Orellana is set for Sept. 21.

A jury acquitted Orellana of first-degree murder in October 2009. He was charged in connection with the 1997 gang-related shooting death of 19-year-old Joaquinn Guerrero.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday in Dakota County District Court, the victim told police that he was walking to a liquor store about 1 p.m. when a man driving a gold SUV stopped him in the 1300 block of First Avenue. The driver spoke to him about being in a gang. The victim told the driver he had not been in the gang for a long time.

After some words were exchanged between the two, the victim told police that a man he did not recognize, Orellana, got out of the passenger side of the vehicle brandishing a knife. Orellana allegedly chased the victim around a corner and stabbed him multiple times.

The victim was taken by private vehicle to a Sioux City hospital. His wounds were later determined to be non-life threatening.

A witness at the scene told police that she yelled at the suspect before he got into the SUV and left the area.

Police identified Orellana from video surveillance footage obtained from Prestige Liquor Store. He was arrested without incident later that afternoon at his home.

According to court documents, Orellana admitted to an investigator during an interview at the South Sioux City Law Enforcement Center that he was in the SUV at the time of the confrontation and ran after the victim, but he denied stabbing him.

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