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Ex-New Mexico Ball Player Arrested

April 26, 1998

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Police arrested former New Mexico football player Kawika Ordenstein on Saturday for allegedly attacking a track athlete, inflicting serious injuries.

Ordenstein, 20, and his girlfriend Shauna Thomas, 19, also a UNM student, were arrested at a hotel near the university, campus police said.

Ordenstein was charged with attempted murder in connection with the Thursday afternoon beating of James Marin, 19.

Ordenstein allegedly attacked Marin and repeatedly slammed his head against a car. He was listed in satisfactory condition at University Hospital with a fractured upper jaw and has blood on the brain, said UNM police Lt. James Daniels.

Thomas was charged with harboring and aiding a felon. Both were booked at the Bernalillo County Detention Center on Saturday night.

Someone tipped UNM police that Ordenstein was at the hotel, a Ramada Inn.

They didn’t resist arrest, Daniels said.

The dispute was apparently over a woman, Daniels said.

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