An 18-year-old woman was arrested this week after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old girl at a house party in Watsonville on May 30, according to police. Lesley Shelby Garcia was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing, which occurred in the early morning hours on May 30 at a home in the 300 block of Herman Avenue, Watsonville police said. The 17-year-old victim was attending a house party with a group of friends, while Garcia was also at the party with a separate group of friends. At about 12:30 a.m., two of the girls from the separate groups got into a fistfight, and Garcia and her friends were kicked out of the house, according to police. The group remained outside the home, and when the party ended shortly afterward and everyone began to leave, the same two girls encountered each other and began fighting again, police said. At that point, Garcia and the victim began to fight, and Garcia allegedly stabbed the victim more than a dozen times in the lower torso and groin area, according to police. The victim, a Watsonville resident, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening. Garcia, also a Watsonville resident, fled from the scene of the
fight, but was eventually identified as the attacker by the use of high school yearbooks and cooperation from witnesses, police said. A warrant was issued for her arrest for assault with a deadly weapon on Friday, but several attempts to locate her were unsuccessful. She was finally found and arrested at her home on Tuesday and was booked into Santa Cruz County jail. Anyone with information about the case is strongly encouraged to call the Watsonville Police Department’s investigation bureau at (831) 768-3352 or the police crime tip line at (831) 728-3544.
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