An 18-year-old Watsonville man with alleged gang affiliations was arrested on Wednesday for stabbing a former member of his gang on Tuesday, according to a prepared statement from the Watsonville Police Department. At around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to 925 Freedom Boulevard on reports of a bleeding stabbing victim. Officers arrived on scene
to find the 25-year-old victim with multiple stab wounds in his upper torso, according to police. He was transported to Watsonville Community Hospital’s emergency room, and then immediately flown to a trauma center in Santa Clara County, according to police.The victim told police he was riding his bike on Freedom Boulevard when suspects jumped out of a parked car, described as a small gray or black Cadillac, and began to beat and stab him. The suspects then fled in the vehicle southbound on Freedom Boulevard, according to police. Watsonville detectives learned that prior to the stabbing, two of the involved suspects had been contacted by an officer for suspicious activity. No arrests were made, but the officer took photographs of the subjects, according to police. Based on information from surveillance videos and witnesses, officers discovered that one of those suspects photographed, Josue Granados, matched the description of the stabbing suspect.
On Wednesday evening, officers located Granados while he was riding his bicycle on Freedom Boulevard, near Laurel Street. Granados was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for attempted murder with gang allegations. In 2007, Granados was arrested for attempting the strike the same victim with a baseball bat. The case has since been settled, according to police. Police believe the attack was gang motivated and the victim was targeted because he dropped out of the gang several years ago. The victim is in stable condition, according to police.