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Woman stabbed, suspect flees with two kids

Modified: Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012

Carlos Sanchez

WATSONVILLE — A Watsonville man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed a woman Christmas Day and then led police on a chase throughout the city with two young children in his car.

Watsonville Police were dispatched to a report of a victim of a stabbing on the 100 block of Sydney Avenue Tuesday at 2:25 a.m. Officers located a 35-year-old female victim suffering for at least one stab wound to the upper torso, police said.

An investigation revealed that Carlos Sanchez, 36, who is known to the victim, stabbed her, and then fled the scene in a vehicle with two young children aboard.

After a countywide “be on the lookout” was dispatched to area law agencies a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy spotted Sanchez in an un-incorporated area of Watsonville. Sanchez led deputies, the California Highway Patrol and Watsonville Police in a pursuit throughout the city, running numerous lights and stop signs. He eventfully worked his way to northbound Highway 1, police said.

The pursuit was handed over to the CHP once it reached Highway 1. When CHP Sgt. Juan Cervantes learned that Sanchez was threatening to commit suicide with the children aboard, he called for pursuing officers to back off but continue to monitor his direction of travel. Sanchez took the Freedom Boulevard exit and parked in the CHP parking lot.

For the complete article see the 12-27-2012 issue.

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