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.