Man Stabs Woman Christmas Morning, Flees From Police with Two Young Children

Carlos Sanchez, 36, stabbed a female victim, 35, before leading police on a chase with two young children in the car.

On early Tuesday, a 36-year-old man stabbed a woman and then fled in a car with two young children, leading police on a chase.

At 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, Watsonville Police were dispatched to a victim’s report of a stabbing in the 20 block of Sydney Ave. 

Officers found a female victim, 35, suffering from at least one stab wound to the upper torso, according to Watsonville Police. Carlos Sanchez, 36, who is known to the victim, had stabbed her, and then fled the scene, in a vehicle with two young children. 

A countywide Be On The Lookout (BOL) was placed, and Sanchez was located in the un-incorporated area of Watsonville by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Sanchez led SCSO Deputies, the California Highway Patrol Officers and Watsonville Police officers on a pursuit throughout the city and out to northbound Hwy 1.

The chance ended in the area of Freedom Blvd. and Hwy 1. After a short standoff with law enforcement, Sanchez was safely taken into custody and the children were safely located. 

The victim was treated at the scene by members of the Watsonville Fire Department and American Medical Response Medics, and then transported by helicopter to a Bay Area Trauma Center for her life threatening injuries. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the victim was not in stable condition.

This case is being investigated by the Watsonville Police Department Investigations Bureau, who encourages anyone with information about the case to call 768-3350 or the Watsonville Police Anonymous Tip line at 768-3544.

Kelly Correia December 29, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Thank You Very Much :) Best To You Always Sylvia :)
Watsonville Girl December 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Why is it that people in any community are so quick to judge. It is sad that a mom is in the hospital, away from her children on Christmas. These children are confused and sad and don't have a parent to console them. Alcoholism, Drug abuse & Domestic violence affect all races, creeds, colors, the rich, the poor, the educated or uneducated. Why does anyone think they are any better than anyone else. This is all because people make bad choices, ie: abusing alcohol & drugs, if we spent more time educating our children about this perhaps we'd all be better off. There but for the Grace of God go I...love more, hate less, respect more, judge less. No one is perfect, just take a moment to appreciate your life and pray for those who are struggling.
James E Hanzlik, Jr. December 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Amen watsonville girl
regina bartlett December 29, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Very well said Watsonville Girl.
watcher December 31, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Kelly i am a very close family member and have been there since day 1. So you need to get your facts straight or learn to read. It was a sacastic remark regarding the victim and her non parenting skills. i know the paIN THIS HAS CAUSED BECAUSE i AM THERE WITH THEM. So you get your facts straight!


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