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* Jose Edgar Raya Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing a Woman in Watsonville

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A woman was stabbed in a domestic violence incident in Watsonville on Tuesday morning, police said today. Officers responded at 10:31 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment at 201 Pacifica Blvd. They arrived to find the victim suffering from multiple lacerations to her hands, arms and abdomen. She was taken to Watsonville Community Hospital to be treated for her injuries, which are not considered life threatening, according to police.

Officers found the suspect, Jose Edgar Raya, 29, being watched over by a witness with blood on him that turned out to be the victim’s. Investigators determined that Raya and the victim have children together and broke off their relationship about a year ago, but recently tried to reconcile and moved in together, police said. However, on Tuesday they began to argue and she told him she needed to leave the home for a while and asked him to move out while she was gone.

When she returned, Raya was still there and proceeded to stab her multiple times, according to police. Nearby construction workers heard the victim yelling and ensured that she and Raya stayed separated, police said. Raya was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, domestic violence and child endangerment, according to
police.

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