Carlsbad stabbing suspects behind bars

CARLSBAD — On Nov. 20, at approximately 11:50 p.m., the Carlsbad Communication Center received a 911 call from a security guard at the Motel 6 on Carlsbad Village Drive reporting a stabbing. According to witnesses, the victim, a 28-year-old male, and the three suspects had engaged in a verbal altercation which escalated into suspect one, 22-year-old Bradley Koppel, and suspect two, 28-year-old Isais Cota, kicking and beating the victim.
During the fight, Koppel had produced a knife and stabbed the victim numerous times. When officers arrived, they located the victim on the sidewarlk. The victim was flown to Scripps La Jolla for treatment.
The three suspects fled from the Motel 6 in an unknown colored SUV. Officers checked the area for the suspects with negative results. Suspect three, 20-year-old Cassandra Clouser, had been registered to a room at the motel and this led investigators to the suspects.
The Carlsbad Police Department’s Crimes of Violence Unit was called to the scene to conduct a
criminal investigation. As of Nov. 23, all three suspects involved in the stabbing are in
custody at the Vista Detention Facility.
Koppel and Clouser have been charged with attempted homicide for their actions in the attack
and Clouser has been charged as an accessory for harboring fugitives.
The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.

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