Food Vendor Slashed with Knife, Robbed

He also was threatened with a gun during the hold-up Tuesday.

Armed robbers attacked a street food vendor working near Davis and Carey avenues Tuesday evening, slashing the man with a knife and holding a gun on him until he turned over cash, Watsonville police reported.

The armed robbery was reported around 7:24 p.m. The 21-year-old street vendor said two men about his age had approached him. One branished a switchblade knife; the other pulled a gun, police said.

They demanded money from the street food vendor, who complied out of fear of being hurt. Despite his cooperation, the vendor was cut on the side of his nose, police said.

The robbers—one about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 160 pounds and wearing a blue and white checked shirt—fled south on Freedom Boulevard. Officers searched unsuccessfully for them.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about the robbery call the Investigations Bureau at 768-3350 or the Crime Tipline at 768-3544.

Susan O'Day August 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Watzon, it's this woman's opinion too. With the economy the way it is, this is going to keep happening..Some people are stealing for food to feed their families and some are just plain cirminals with most likely a meth habit they are trying to support..in any event, just get the hell out of there if you are approached.
Jennifer Squires August 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Sometimes you can't get away. Remember the clerk at La Fiesta Market who was killed by a robber two years ago? http://watsonville.patch.com/articles/teenage-robber-pleads-guilty-to-murder
David H. Perez August 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I have gotten out of a few potentially lethal situations by acting crazier than the bad guys (although some would say I wasn't acting!). You know, like bizarre facial grimaces, loud yells and screams, talking to people who are not there, a couple of Bruce Lee routines and seeing imaginary people approaching the bad guys from behind. Then my favorite martial art of all - Reebok-Fu. Translated, it means run like hell in the opposite direction. Yes, I was a psych major.
Watzon McWats August 16, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Yes, I remember that. Very sad story. :-( This is where some form of self defense may have come in handy. It's hard to say with a lunatic like that, but I would have much rather the clerk had something to defend himself with rather than nothing at all. I know that's a concept that's foreign to many Californians, but it's the reality of the world we live in. Another one that comes to mind are those kids who were robbed while working at Pizza My Heart in Capitola a number of years back. They gave up the money, and both got stabbed anyway.
Watzon McWats August 16, 2012 at 08:21 PM
That's called street smarts!


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