Man Stabbed at Watsonville Apartment; Suspect Arrested

Danny Defranco, 59, was arrested for stabbing a man multiple times in Watsonville on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 was unvelievable violent in Santa Cruz County.

Around 3:30 p.m., two Santa Cruz Police officers were fatally shot on North Branciforte Avenue. For all the details on that tragic situation, click here.

Just three and a half hours later, at 7:02 p.m., a man was stabbed in Watsonville at 103 E. Beach St. The victim, a 37-year-old man, suffered several stab wounds, but he was stabilized by emergency medical personnel, Watsonville police said in a press release.

The victim was taken by medical helicopter to a trauma center. Police said his injuries were not life threatening.

The stabbing suspect was identified as Danny Defranco, 59. He was found in his Beach Street apartment and arrested without incident, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is strongly encouraged to call the Watsonville Police Department Crime Tip line at 728-3544 or the Watsonville Police Department Investigation Bureau at 768-3352.


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