Suspect in Fatal Bar Fight Surrenders

The second suspect in the fatal bar fight at Pats II Cocktails surrenders at the Redondo Beach Police Department.

One of the men police were seeking in connection with the beating death of a bouncer at in South Redondo Beach surrendered at the at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Francisco "Frank" Cobarruvias Jr. is accused of beating Terie Colecchi early Saturday morning. Colecchi died from his injuries at the hospital.

Cobarruvias, 35, showed up unannounced with his attorney at the front counter of the police department, police Lt. Joe Hoffman said in a news release. He surrendered without incident.

Cobarruvias was booked on suspicion of murder, and his bail was set at $1 million, Hoffman said. He is due to appear at the Torrance Courthouse on Monday.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Gray, told Daily Breeze reporter Larry Altman that his client is not guilty.

"We voluntarily surrendered at the Police Department today," Gray told Altman. "Walked right in the front door, ready to face the alleged charges."

Gray compared the case to the Brian Stowe assault at Dodger Stadium last year. In that case, police initially arrested the wrong man.

Police arrested Carson resident Alejandro Avina, 30, on Saturday on suspicion of murder; however, he was released earlier this week after the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office declined to file charges at the time. Prosecutors may refile in the future.

In an interview with Altman, Avina said he was sleeping at home at the time of the beating.

Anyone with information regarding Saturday's incident is asked to call the tip line at 310-937-6685, text 310-339-2362 or email crimetips@redondo.org. People may also contact the police department directly at 310-379-2477.

Wolfman June 08, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Most of the time they try to make a run to Mexico
Keith Hinkley June 08, 2012 at 01:03 PM
love the attorney speak.."We showed up voluntarily which is why he is innocent".......thats why the guy ran in a panic right?
Cheong Yei June 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Let's hope the killers are tried and convicted successfully. Jeffrey Gray is a snake, comparing this incident to the Brian Stowe case. Guess I'll have to have a word with him.
Dawn Ellis June 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
They have these effin losers on video...who the eff are they trying to fool...MAN UP ! ! ! You killed someone...A beautiful person is dead because of your lack of common sense & decency...
Jennifer Malara June 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Please remember that there will be a benefit for Tere's son Jack on Thursday June 14th. If you help in anyway, it will be greatly appreciated. See Tere Colecchi benefit show on Facebook. Mike Blotzer


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