SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach has not been good to Jesus Novoa Jr., or maybe it’s just that the 24-year-old hasn’t been good in Solana Beach.
Novoa, of Oceanside, was sentenced to seven years in state prison July 22 relating to two gang-related incidents near Fidel’s Little Mexico restaurant in the upscale beach community.
Less than a month after Novoa, a reputed Encinitas gang member, helped vandalize a vehicle he mistook for a rival gang members, he stabbed three people during a March 7 melee near Valley Avenue. In the latter case, Novoa, who was originally charged with attempted murder and assault charges, pleaded guilty in June to a single count of assault with a deadly weapon.
All three victims suffered stab wounds; the worst injury being a collapsed lung that put the person in the hospital for 56 days, Deputy District Attorney Geoff Allard said.
So far, Novoa has been the only person arrested in connection with the brawl, which involved 15 to 20 people; however, Allard said an investigation into the fight is ongoing.