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Man Chased Down, Stabbed By Gang

The 20-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries when he was attacked on California Street.

A man walking on California Street just before 9 p.m. Saturday was accosted by a group of five men, four of whom chased him down and stabbed him multiple times, Watsonville police reported.

The 20-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack, which was reported at 8:54 p.m., police said. He was found injured and bleeding outside a home on the 400 block of California Street.

Police said the pack of attackers jumped out of a small black car that drove up to the 20-year-old. Four confronted the man while the fifth remained in the car, police said.

The group yelled gang slurs at the 20-year-old and he tried to run away, but the caught up to him and stabbed him, police sad.

The attackers drove off south on Brewington Avenue. Officers searched unsuccessfully for them, police said.

The injured man was flown to an out-of-county trauma center for treatment. Detectives ask that anyone with information about the attack call the Investigation Division at 768-3350 or the Crime Tipline at 768-3544.

beviej August 19, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The cowardly scumbags attack again. Five armed scum against one unarmed person. Really "brave" act isn"t it. I sure wish I had information to report.
Richard Lewis August 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
There is a solution: take the time to make known that of "Carry The Vision". www.carrythevision.org Have the city council send a team with or without the Mayor who that so represent the city of Watsonville. That date: Sept 29th Form a "ad hoc task committee" and have those who attend share the experience as that committee can bring together on January 21st 2013 such a event here in our county. Propose that the aim of such a event starting on "Semester of Service" would be a "seed" for a local "King/Chavez Legacy Team". The aim for such strategies that stand on the Legacy of both men, give voice and empowerment to students and create neighborhoods and towns of "Promise". Framework for such found within www.americaspromise.org. The question of the day? What will it take for laying new track for those five prior to their making this choice to go to jail? For sure not creating but one more non profit but a initiative that has as its cornerstone a student run and led hub. Not sure if those involved like the 10 in Santa Cruz are "scumbags" but the children that grew up in Watsonville served by those existing non profits. LEADers for good or now heading for jail. The task ahead to reach such present gang members prior with new pro active strategies.
Richard Lewis August 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
To the concerned: "Semester of Service"... www.ysa.org Be a "Bridge Builder" and take on that legacy with your network: "In the future all youth will come together to make this a better world" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and "If you want to remember me, organizre." Cesar E. Chavez Key note speakers Dr. Carter Sr. the Chapel Dean of Morehouse College and Dolores Huerta. LEARN ENGAGE ALIGN DISCOVER 9 TO 4 PM AT Santa Clara University Faith Based strategy.
Steve Bankhead August 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM
If the goal is to encourage local young people to respect and live within the law, the Watsonville City Council could set a good example by repealing its "Sanctuary City" status, since its purpose is to evade and even frustrate enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Jim Jennings August 19, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The Watsonville City Council setting a good example of anything good would be a surprise and totally different. It takes much less effort to tell the truth and be honest than it does to lie and the cover it up repeatedly.
Cathy P. August 19, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I'm with you on that one Steve.
David H. Perez August 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I also second that one, Steve. Unfortunately, our City Council majority does not place much value in respecting and observing laws, morals nor ethics.
randy August 20, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Jim.. I remember some saying about you tell a lie then another lie to cover it then another to cover that until pretty soon you forgot what the truth actually was.. so then you start believing your own lies. Regarding the City Council, they may be elected (or appointed) but once in office they forget the purpose of them being there. It isn't their little country club but is the council person represents his/her district and should abide by what is best for the district.
Lucas August 20, 2012 at 06:13 AM
On May 8th 2,007 the Watsonville City Counsel voted on a resolution to make Watsonville a Sanctuary City by a vote of 4 to 3. The city counsel members who voted for the resolution: Manuel Quintero Bersamin Oscar Rios Greg Caput Kimberly Petersen The city counsel members who voted against the resolution: Antonio Rivas Edward Din Dale Skillicorn
*MAN UNITED* August 20, 2012 at 04:16 PM
The "freaks" come out at night....Once its dark, don't walk alone in this town. Cowards driving around town looking for trouble. I can't wait to hear when they try and assault someone and that person turns the tables around by taking out a gun and blasting these guys to their graves where they belong. (I am sorry, but I am sick and tired of hearing of such cowardly acts.)
David H. Perez August 20, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Me too, and this certainly presents an argument in favor of "good guys" being able to more easily get gun permits. It sure wouldn't hurt my feelings to see a few of these punks get blasted.
randy August 20, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I agree, but only problem is that the person that is "defending" themselves will then have to go through whether it is self defense or not. Like I remember being told if I shoot someone for breaking in my house, make sure they fall INTO the house.
David H. Perez August 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM
You're right, Randy. One of the biggest problems with our system is that the punks have all of the rights. Even if you are found justified in shooting one of them, believe it or not their family can still sue you civilly (and win), requiring you to pay the scum bag's funeral expenses.
Watzon McWats August 21, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I agree with everything said here re: self defense. At least we can still defend our homes in California. Go out, take some classes (as I've said in the past, I can't recommend Markley's classes enough), learn how to handle a firearm in a safe and proficient manner, and defend your home. There's more of us that are armed, the harder their "job" becomes.

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