Police Blotter: Teen Stabbed for iPod

Also, a couple got caught stealing baby formula and a man threatened a jewelry store security guard.

Masked robbers accosted a teenager Tuesday night, robbing him of his iPod before stabbing him twice, Watsonville police reported.

The violence happend around 9:50 p.m. on the 100 block of Holly Drive.

The 14-year-old boy was stopped by four masked robbers. One stole his iPod, and another stabbed him twice, police said.

The teen was treated for non life-threatening injuries and released from Watsonville Community Hospital.

The attack is the third stabbing in Watsonville in four days. Saturday night and . No arrests have been made and none of the injuries were life threatening.

Watsonville Police Log, Tuesday, May 1

12:38 a.m.—A vandal smashed a car window on the 100 block of Jefferson Street.

10:08 a.m.—A man was arrested for threatening to kill the security guard at Plaza Jewelry, on the 100 block of West Lake Avenue. He also was violating his probation.

10:26 a.m.—A surveilance camera was stolen from the outside of a building on the 100 block of Brennan Street sometime since Saturday.

11:43 a.m.—Two men, ages 23 and 28, were arrested for trespassing on the 100 block of Main Street.

3:17 p.m.—A couple trying to steal baby formula from a store on the 1700 block of Main Street were arrested. The man, age 21, and woman, age 26, reportedly removed the security labels from several cannisters and hid the bottles in a purse.

4:15 p.m.—A thief stole items from a homeless campsite on the 100 block of Sakata Lane while the owner was in jail.

8:57 p.m.—A 30-year-old man waa arrested on a warrant on the 100 block of Jefferson Lane after he tried to run from police.

Hector Rodriguez May 02, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Stay Classy Watsonville, We need a law just like Megan's law for gang members. That way when a gang related crime is committed police would be able to locate all gang bangers quickly. Also, for the safety of our community, we need to know where this gang bangers reside.
Jennifer Squires May 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Gang members who are convicted of gang crimes actually have to register with police when they are released from jail... there's just not a public database of that information.
Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Cops should do a little bit more to prevent these issues. They should stop these if they see suspicious Activitys. I see these kids smoking weed hanging out in large groups in my neighbor hood and see cops just drive by and do nothing. It's frustrating. They should at least pull over and get to know these kids and get some information on them. Even just chatting with these kids will possibly stop them from committing crimes.
randy May 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Jose, our police department is very under staffed. Also, their hands are tied as to what they can or cannot do. The police department are active with youth. I commend Chief Solano and his force. This post is the opinion of THIS poster
Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Randy I don't think you know what goes on in these neiborhoods. Go ask some of these kids and ask them if they have had a police officer go and talk to them. Police are only involved with a select group of youths. And most of them are not troubled teens
David H. Perez May 03, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Jose, the police in this town are damned if they do and damned if they don't. You are complaining that they do not contact groups of youth enough. But when they do, then people complain that they are profiling and harassing people for no reason. So what are they supposed to do? Think about it.
randy May 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Jose, maybe I don't know all there is to know but I do know our police department works hard at keeping our city safe. I would suggest you call and voice your concerns to the department. Maybe you could help change things if you feel they are wrong. You will find that working WITH the police department will be more beneficial. Maybe you can offer suggestions or help.
Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Randy, we have voiced our opinions. I'm just saying they should focus more on areas that need help in Our County. My friend has had her car broken into three times no police arrived to investigate and no police presence after-the-fact. I feel they don't take these issues seriously but the small issues are the ones that are a gateway crime to more serious crimes. Like the team who got stabbed for an iPod.
randy May 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Jose, I have had a vehicle stolen. I will say it isn't in this area but in the valley. My El Camino ;{... Because of the overload of work with the police department there, a report was taken over the phone. the only face to face was when the vehicle was recovered (totalled by the way). I was told unless it was a violent crime or someone was injured there would not be a need to send an officer out. Maybe this is the case here that there aren't enough officers available. It sounds like you may need to try to work more with the police. Maybe request a block party to discuss these issues. Don't know if it is possiible but sure would be worth asking.
Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
David its not profiling. I propose cops to walk through these neighborhoods and make contact. As you can see James needs some guidance.
Patricia May 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
If the gang members are hanging together the police will check them out because that is a violation of their probation. Most of the gang members have been tagged by the PD and could be subject to a search and seizure. But when that happens, you get all kinds of protests by activists that the police have profiled them, harassed them, threatened them with arms, etc. Like David said, they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. It will take more public involvement to get around these things. If you see suspicious things happening, notify the police on the Tip Liine. They won't respond immediately because they have to do some surveillance to be able to judge what is going on. Give them a break and help be the eyes and ears for the force.
Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yes they can say it's harrasment but they have to take a stand and make them selfs known in the community of there presence. Sure u will get those people who complain but ultimately it will be the hurry who decides on who is right. I'm pretty sure it will make people think twice. I believe LA did this and worked out great for them.
Watzon McWats May 04, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Growing up they'd tell you, "just give them what they want, don't fight back". But when I read articled like this, I wonder if that's really the best advice. Who knows, one or two inches in a different direction and maybe this kid woulda been killed.
Watzon McWats May 04, 2012 at 01:34 AM
@Jose- Smoking pot now a days is like popping a prescription anti-biotic. So many people have prescriptions now - even young people. You can't just go around investigating every little puff of smoke anymore. I'm not sure what the case in Watsonville is, but many law enforcement agencies have also deemed it a "lowest enforcement priority". Of course, I'm not sure what you meant by "kids". Some people include 20somethings in there. If you're talkin' young kids, then that's different.
Parents of Alyssa May 04, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Watzon, So you saying its ok for teens to smoke pot? Sure they do all things but it's not legal.


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