watsonville police stabbing investigation
Watsonville Police collect evidence Saturday night at the Town and Country Center on the 1000 block of Main Street where a man was stabbed multiple times. Photo courtesy of Watsonville Police Department

Watsonville Police officers arrested a man in an attempted murder investigation. 

MIchelle Pulido, spokeswoman for Watsonville Police, said officers responded Saturday night to a stabbing outside a business on the 1000 block of Main Street, where they found a 32-year-old man suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was taken to an out-of-county trauma center with life-threatening injuries but is now in stable condition.  

The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Francisco Nieto, left the scene before police arrived. Less than 24 hours later, patrol officers found Nieto and arrested him. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail. 

A preliminary investigation determined that Nieto and the victim had a brief altercation before the stabbing occurred.

Nieto is now facing charges of attempted murder and being held in county jail without bail due to a parole violation, Pulido said. 

Anyone with information about the case (23W-04108) is asked to call Detective Robert Strong at 768.3355.

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