—Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Watsonville Police officers lead suspect Joel Navarro to a patrol car Tuesday after they caught him with a knife, chasing another man.

WPD spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said it appears Navarro and the victim got into a verbal altercation before Navarro brandished a knife and chased him along the 400 block of East Lake Avenue at 10:10am.

As he was being taken into custody, Navarro spat on one of the officers, Pulido said. He was booked into jail for brandishing a weapon, making criminal threats, and being under the influence of drugs in public.

No injuries were reported.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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