Police Blotter: Man Stabbed in His Own House

An unrelated accident on Tuesday sent a 70-year-old man to the hospital.

Car accident update, 4 p.m. Tuesday: A 70-year-old motorist was flown to an out-of-county trauma center Tuesday afternoon following a car accident that snarled traffic on Main Street.

The crash happened around 1:50 p.m. when the man, driving a Volvo sedan, made a left turn from northbound Main Street directly into the path of a minivan, according to Watsonville police Sgt. Brian Ridgway.

The elderly man was in pain but had no obvious trauma. He was flown out as a precaution, Ridgway said.

"We've had bad ones there, but this wasn't one of them," the sergeant said of the accident.

Original report, 1 p.m. Tuesday: A 20-year-old Watsonville man arriving home was stabbed in the stomach by an intruder Monday night, Watsonville police reported.

"This is a strange case," Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said.

The man walked into the house, on the 100 block of Park Way, around 7:30 p.m. and found the intruder—wearing all dark clothing with his face covered—in the home. There was a struggle and he was stabbed in the upper torso. Gonzalez said he also suffered bruises to the face and ribs.

Emergency personnel responded and the man was flown to an out-of-county trauma center for treatment. Gonzalez said his injuries were not life-threatening.

The attack doesn't appear to be gang-related, police said, but investigators are scratching their heads.

“There’s no witnesses, no suspect information," Gonzalez said. “We’re looking to see if it was an interrupted burglary, if he was the intended victim.”

The man, who lives at the house with his father, is expected to recover.

Watsonville Police Log, Monday, March 19

8:47 a.m.—A teenager was arrested for attempting to flee an officer on the 100 block of Ford Street.

4:37 p.m.—A 13-year-old was taken into police custody for a protective custody warrant on the 600 block of Palm Avenue. Child Protective Services took over the case.

8:42 p.m.—An officer went to a home on the 200 block of Ford Street to deal with a 15-year-old girl who'd come home after possibly smoking marijuana (she had a pipe with her). But the teen's twin sister tried to obstruct police, punching an officer in the arm. Both sisters were arrested.

10 p.m.—A 30-year-old man is suspected of smashing out the window on another man's vehicle on the 100 block of West Fifth Street. The suspected vandal fled before police arrived.

Sheriff's Office Log

March 14—A thief stole mail from a mailbox on the 1000 block of Amesti Road.

This arrest information was provided by the Watsonville Police Department and the Sheriff's Office. It does not indicate a conviction.

Emily Halbig March 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I used to live on Park Way.... there is no 100 block, only single digit addresses. Any idea which house it was?
Jennifer Squires March 22, 2012 at 07:29 AM
No better info than that ... police try to protect the victim in that way, but obviously this intruder/attacker knew where he wanted to be. It would be the house with just a father and his son living there.


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