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Man Arrested After Two People Stabbed at Party in Royal Oaks in Monterey County

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Monterey County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who allegedly stabbed two other men, including one holding a toddler, early Sunday at a party attended by hundreds of people south of Watsonville. At 12:22 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a report of two men stabbed multiple times at a gathering of more than 300 people at 410 Hall Road in the unincorporated Royal Oaks area of the county, according to the sheriff’s office.

One victim was found suffering from life-threatening stab wounds and was transported to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies then located the second victim, who also had several life-threatening wounds, and had him airlifted to a hospital in San Jose, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies learned that the second victim had been holding his 2-year-old child when he was stabbed, sheriff’s officials said. The victims and witnesses identified the suspect as 29-year-old Emiliano Martinez, a laborer residing in Castroville, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies located Martinez at his home at 11880 Rico St. in Castroville, where they arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies recovered several pieces of evidence including a knife and bloody clothing, according to the sheriff’s office.

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