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April 18, 2014

Second NMC stabbing suspect pleads guilty

TRAVERSE CITY -- A suspect accused in an attempted robbery and stabbing on Northwestern Michigan College's campus is the second of three suspects to plead guilty to assault charges.

Jorge-Antonio Lopez Alvarado, 21, on Thursday pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob while armed as a member or associate of a gang, and to armed robbery. Both are felony charges and could carry sentences of up to 20 years and 15 years, respectively, Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said.

Antonio Fabio Orozco, 18, on April 8 pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with intent to do bodily harm.

The third suspect, Jorge Alberto Vasquez-Antonio, 15, did not take any action at his pretrial hearing Thursday.

"The attorneys met, and that's it," Cooney said.

Alyssa Ann Rodriquez, 18, a woman accused of conspiring to help the three men, pleaded guilty at her pretrial hearing Thursday to accessory after the fact to a felony, which carries a five-year maximum sentence, Cooney said.

That came after she agreed to cooperate with law enforcement to provide details of both her involvement and the other suspects' involvement in the incident, Cooney said.

Another woman accused of helping the suspects -- Ashley Ann Day, 21, -- is scheduled for a plea hearing in 13th Circuit Court on May 9.

The three men are accused of confronting Dwight Thompson, 35, of Indianapolis, in a laundry room on NMC's campus with the intent to steal drugs from him on Jan. 31. Thompson suffered stab wounds to his back and a 3- to 4-inch cut across his forehead from a machete, according to court documents.

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