WATSONVILLE—A 37-year-old Watsonville man was stabbed in the neck early Monday morning and Watsonville Police were able to round up a suspect within minutes.
Via social media, WPD said Aaron Ibarra, 26, who was recently released on parole, is now facing felony charges following the stabbing on the 100 block of Second Street.
Officers responded to the area shortly before 3am where a man had been stabbed in the neck with a knife. A witness saw the suspect run away prior to the officer’s arrival but was able to provide a description of him to officers.
Within minutes, officers found the suspect on the 100 block of Rodriguez Street. He was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for a parole violation and felony charges related to the stabbing.
The victim was taken to a local trauma center for treatment and is expected to survive, police said.
Detectives believe this to be an isolated incident, which is still under investigation.