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Take Back Watsonville Founder Attacked

Paul Gutierrez was not injured; police have made no arrests.

Take Back Watsonville founder Paul Gutierrez was attacked with a knife near his Palm Avenue home Thursday afternoon, authorities reported.

Gutierrez, 31, was not injured in the attack.

Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said Guiterrez was working in his backyard when he notice someone outside the back fence and confronted him.

"The suspect then tries to stab him and then he runs off," Gonzalez said.

Gutierrez said the assailant's knife stabbed into his belt and slashed his shorts, but was stopped shy of injuring him because his wallet was in his front pocket.

He described the attacker as a teenager wearing a backpack and a red Washington Nationals hat, which is sometimes associated with Norteño gangs in Watsonville.

The attack Thursday is just the latest incident in Gutierrez's quick rise as a community leader in Watsonville. His crime-fighting quest—begun in August after he and his family moved to Watsonville from Gilroy—has made him a media darling and a lightening rod for controversy.

"They're escalating from rocks, taunting and throwing trash to sending someone out here to try to kill me," Gutierrez said.

Earlier this month, a vandal threw rocks through the front window of his house. He spoke out against the Brown Berets, then found common ground with the group. Some neighbors have answered his call to action and come out in droves to support Take Back Watsonville, while others find his stance divisive.

"We're going to be personally going out looking for gang activity, not to step in but to call," Gutierrez said of Neighborhood Watch patrols working in tandem with police officers.

George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
one of the gutierrez lies is this, he lied to the sentinel and told them that gang members were at his potluck and they printed it in their article. what he didnt tell them is that they were brown berets, not gang members Found Peace http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/watsonville/ci_21728580 October 8 at 8:57pm near Watsonville Seen by 37 3 people like this. Sylvia Lazo Good article...but it says some gang members were present at the last potluck/meeting...was this a misprint? October 8 at 9:14pm · Edited Found Peace There were gang members there I just told home not to specify the name of their anti American/ Mexican brown hat crew.... Hint hint October 8 at 9:21pm via mobile Sarah Prescher Uhm... I'm all for what you're doing Paul, but I see you sometimes saying you want to work with the brown berets for a common goal, and sometimes calling them anti-american gangsters. I feel like comments like that are going to weaken the cause. And yes, I've seen their comments too... But you're the leader of this group. You set the example and the tone. Don't get dragged down by petty comments and disagreements. What you're doing is too important.
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
there are more gutierrez lies, maybe i will post them later
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
no thanks, troll.
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I was at the same meeting along with 30 other people. We all saw gang members. The Brown Berets attempted to disrupt the meeting but cooler heads prevailed. ...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:44 AM
...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
and I doubt wpd would be too happy seeing you troll their reputation. they arent your personal servants
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:46 AM
...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:48 AM
more proof of lies are on their way. get someone from the wpd on here to prove you are real, they should know they are being lied to
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:50 AM
I think that WPD would love to have a sit down with all the good people of Watsonville and talk like adults. If you can prove that the neighboorhood watch is bad I think they would want to see your evidence. ...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:51 AM
...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:52 AM
i wouldnt go anywhere alone with you, you are a member of the biggest gang in the united states, you have already shown bigotry in calling me a woman as if that would be bad if i were a woman, or that i am weak for not being a man as you say it
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
OK, I can setup a meeting. email me at skeen.rentals@gmail.com. I will try and set something up for next week. But I will require a REAL NAME and a REAL phone number. OBTW I'm in the book too.
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
maybe you are also lying about gangs being there, but gutierrez makes it clear in those facebook comments that there were not gang members there
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
hint hint, as gutierrez says
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Can't win...are you a man or a woman?????? You would not have to be alone. We could meet in a very public place. Say the Police Department lobby of at the RP office. ...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:01 AM
also, how can the writer of this article say 'He spoke out against the Brown Berets, then found common ground with the group' when gutierrez says he is spreading rumors about the brown berets in the article she links to. does the word 'rumor' have some journalistic definition i dont know ?
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I saw a group of people acting as a gang ....if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:04 AM
who is your contact at wpd ?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:08 AM
daniel skeen said he 'saw a group of people acting as a gang' do we really want this guy a part of solving the crime problem in watsonville ? the brown berets were not acting as a gang, this is way too serious to be playing word games with the public and making people believe that gang members were at your potluck
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:11 AM
if i hadnt questioned daniel skeen he would have had everyone believing there were gang members at the potluck
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Well there were and I strongly suspect that you were too. You are a outside trouble maker that is trying to create a problem here. I will ask nicely one more time...email me at skeen.rentals@gmail.com... ...if your (wo)man enough to meet with me face to face (no masks!) I would love to sit down and talk with you. We can have the WPD there if you want. I would love to see your proof. So how about it.....?
Daniel Skeen October 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
No more time for cowards that spread lies and hide behind false names. My meeting is starting at 8:30 and we will talk of this. Goodnight.
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:15 AM
what does acting like a gang mean to you ? it means more than calling you guys racists, and it sounds like you all got your feelings hurt
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:18 AM
people have an idea of what gang members are, and the types of crimes those individuals are involved with, using the term that way was at the very least inaccurate on your part, and at worst a blatant lie by you and gutierrez. how much money does gutierrez personally make through his organization ? how much does he profit from all of this ? i'm guessing he gives himself a salary
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:19 AM
also, does gutierrez pay for blog placement in the watsonville patch ?
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
people can read your comments for themselves and decide if you are lying, i think you have done the public a diservice by using such a loose definition of the word gang, and you should NOT be involved with an sort of crime fighting in the area, we dont need another trayvon
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:29 AM
in conclusion, if gutierrez and skeen made people believe that gang members were at their potluck when they werent, then maybe gutierrez is also doing the same in the case of this article
SBW October 20, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Snitches get Stitches Daniel Skeen. Code of the streets. More power to all that want to stand up against gangs in the connunity, you please let me know when there is NO more gang violence in the City of Watsonville. AND please do find the hoodlumes that smashed my car window in twice in the Jefferson Alley...ha! Neighborhood Watch my ass! Callin people names like "troll" is a form of bullying so calm down before I report you to the "WPD"! I'm sure they can get rid of a cyber bully faster than gang crimes.
Maria X October 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
skeen and gutierrez are both psyco liers that must be stopped. People should go to there meetings and shout them down and expose them for the racists they are. STOP ALL THE NEIGBOORHOOD WATCHES IN WATSONVILLE.
Jennifer Squires October 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thanks for the great back-and-forth guys. We're going to close this down before anyone gets their feelings hurt. I'd encourage everyone to use Patch's blogs as a forum to share their views on violence, gangs, neighborhoods, etc. Here's the link to blog! http://watsonville.patch.com/blog/apply

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