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Crime Briefs: Gunpoint Robbery at House; Drive-By Shooting

Watsonville was plagued with gun violence during the weekend.

A man standing in his front yard was robbed at gunpoint Sunday, Watsonville police reported.

The 28-year-old was on the 200 block of Hushbeck Avenue around 7:31 p.m. Sunday when a man approached him, pointed a gun at him and demanded cash, according to Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.

After collecting the money, the robber fled to a silver Honda waiting nearby. Police searched for the car, but didn't find it, Gonzalez said.

It wasn't the first crime reported in that neighborhood during the weekend. A day earlier on the same street, a shooter fired at least two shots at a car, Gonzalez said.

The gunfire, reported at 3:54 p.m. Saturday, struck the unoccupied car. Police found one bullet hole in the vehicle, Gonzalez said. Three people were home and inside the house at the time. No one was hurt.

Police also continue to investigate . Gonzalez had no updates on that case Monday.

D July 10, 2012 at 01:24 AM
What a shame...Watsonville is becoming a place that no one wants to live in these days. I cannot believe how it's changed over the past 30 years. I blame it on the gangs who are simply cowardly thugs and terrorists. They are useless to society and should be handled accordingly. More basketball courts and youth programs are not going to solve this problem. Parents of these vile little criminals should be held accountable too.
Watzon McWats July 10, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Our crime rate is actually at a 20 year low and sits right at about the national average now a days. In fact, it's lower than Santa Cruz and even Capitola. Scotts Valley is the only incorporated town in our county with a lower rate of crime. Unfortunately, Watsonville still suffers from it's bad rap of yesteryear.
D July 10, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I cannot speak to the statistics you cite, but, really....hard to believe, isn't it? The Target parking lot shooting, the Big Five incident, the elderly woman living in the Watsonville retirement community being terrorized by the 16 year old little gang banger criminals. I don't care what the statistics say, I know that Watsonville has changed...and not for the better, and believe I know why too.
Jennifer Squires July 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
There's been some high-profile crime in the city, and youth violence has risen, but Watzon is right. Technically, crime is down in Watsonville.
Watzon McWats July 11, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Watsonville is only marginally smaller than Santa Cruz, but living here you'd swear it's half the size. I think that small town feel is what makes incidents like those seem larger than life. I say spend more time enjoying our beaches, mountains, and cityscape and less time worrying about crime. :-)
Watzon McWats July 11, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I'd just like to see Watsonville get the reputation it now deserves, and I think that starts with educating people about the facts. Not speaking about any one person in specific, but I hate when I tell people that I live here and then get the old, "sorry to hear that", "so how many times has your house been broken into", "I wouldn't go there, even in the day time", etc. I'd like to see our city get some more respect, both from the folks that live here and our neighbors.
Melinda console July 16, 2012 at 03:15 AM
When these people make comments about the crime level being down when are they referencing? Down from 30 years ago? I think not! They obviously didn't live here then or probably weren't born! Even one incident would have made the front page and been discussed for months, now you can't fit them all on the back page! And we all know why.

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