A man involved in an attack on another man outside a Carlsbad motel last year pleaded guilty today to a charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Hector Cota Isais, 30, will be sentenced in November.
Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior said Isais and co-defendant Bradley Koppel, 22, got into an argument with 30-year-old Matthew Gobster outside the Motel 6 on Carlsbad Village Drive just before midnight on .
said the defendants started kicking and beating Gobster, and then Koppel pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim repeatedly. Gobster was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but survived.
Isais, Koppel and 20-year-old Cassandra Clouser ran off after the attack, according to police, who tracked them down because she had rented a room at the motel.
Koppel last week pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury in a deal that will bring him a five-year prison term. Clouser, who helped arrange transportation for Isais and Koppel to get away, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory to a crime. They will be sentenced June 2.
CNS contributed to this report