Man Badly Hurt in Gang Brawl

No one's talking about the fight on the Pajaro River levee.

A clash between rival gangs on the Pajaro River levee left one man with a life-threatening head injury and police with few leads about the estimated 20-person brawl Wednesday evening.

The violence was reported around 6:13 p.m. near the Pajaro River Bridge at Main Street. Witnesses said about 20 people were involved, police said. Apparently, a large group of gang members had attacked two rivals.

The brawlers scattered when cops arrived. Officers saw some running east on the levee toward Lincoln Street and the man with head injuries was found near Marchant Street, police said.

The injured man, age 21, had multiple head injuries. It wasn't clear if he had been hit with a blunt object or stabbed, police said. He was conscious and was not cooperative with officers.

The man was flown to an out-of-county trauma center for treatment. He suffered life-threatening wounds and was listed in critical condition late Wednesday.

No arrests have been made. Detectives ask that anyone with information about the case call the Investigations Division at (831) 768-3350 or the Crime Tip Line at (831) 768-3544.

Scott Hallgren August 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
As to your question about what I'm doing, I started a volunteer organization that offers free tutoring/mentoring and leadership programs for at-risk youth. Three times a week we go into the communities where our students live and we organize field trips and activities that help kids develop a sense of identity and inner strength so that they can hopefully carve out a life for themselves that does not involve gangs. In other words, we try to help them see the many options they have and how to get where they want to go. Not everyone has the time to volunteer but there are other things that can be done. First and foremost, people need to look a little deeper at the issue and cast votes that support initiatives that will make a real difference. There needs to be more emphasis placed on prevention rather than punnishment.
Watzon McWats August 02, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Gang bangers sure as hell aren't gonna tell me where I can and can't go. Stand up for yourself and don't be afraid. There are fifty thousand of us, and only five or six hundred of them.
Watzon McWats August 02, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Thought: If good people actually used the levee trails, the bad people wouldn't loiter there.
Wayne Green August 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
David, I could care less what the hell Mexicans from Panama call themselves. Maybe the fact that you're half Mexican is why you hate Mexicans so much too. If there's anything that jungle fever at-risk Scott guy has right its that you think theyre all sob's too. Come out of the closet already. And as for Scott, you are helping ten kids who will forget you ten months after they last see you. I think confused David would agree, its not that we need more emphasis on prevention than punishment, we need more emphasis on extermination than punishment. Cho-los and their children and their babies' mommies and their children's children are all a drag on our society. Wake up!
Joe Strung August 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Wow! ok, lets try to be more diplomatic and watch our language, certain language can make one come off as having said a racist thing. We're all friends here working to improve our community. Now i know nobody here hates anybody for their race, that would just be wrong. Please if anybody finds yourself having such feelings learn that its wrong to discriminate someone based on their race, sexual perfrence, etc. Maybe its not your fault that you think and feel that way, but its not right. Maybe someone of Latino descent did you wrong, so you think they all must be that way, that's a false assumption and an unfair one. Hate is wrong, its the very poison that keeps our world at war, we must learn to tolerate each other, understand that no body is perfect. Forgive each other and learn to treat one another with love and respect. Its time to end Hate


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