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Take Back Watsonville Founder Attacked

Paul Gutierrez was not injured; police have made no arrests.

Take Back Watsonville founder Paul Gutierrez was attacked with a knife near his Palm Avenue home Thursday afternoon, authorities reported.

Gutierrez, 31, was not injured in the attack.

Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez said Guiterrez was working in his backyard when he notice someone outside the back fence and confronted him.

"The suspect then tries to stab him and then he runs off," Gonzalez said.

Gutierrez said the assailant's knife stabbed into his belt and slashed his shorts, but was stopped shy of injuring him because his wallet was in his front pocket.

He described the attacker as a teenager wearing a backpack and a red Washington Nationals hat, which is sometimes associated with Norteño gangs in Watsonville.

The attack Thursday is just the latest incident in Gutierrez's quick rise as a community leader in Watsonville. His crime-fighting quest—begun in August after he and his family moved to Watsonville from Gilroy—has made him a media darling and a lightening rod for controversy.

"They're escalating from rocks, taunting and throwing trash to sending someone out here to try to kill me," Gutierrez said.

Earlier this month, a vandal threw rocks through the front window of his house. He spoke out against the Brown Berets, then found common ground with the group. Some neighbors have answered his call to action and come out in droves to support Take Back Watsonville, while others find his stance divisive.

"We're going to be personally going out looking for gang activity, not to step in but to call," Gutierrez said of Neighborhood Watch patrols working in tandem with police officers.

George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:22 AM
people can read your comments for themselves and decide if you are lying, i think you have done the public a diservice by using such a loose definition of the word gang, and you should NOT be involved with an sort of crime fighting in the area, we dont need another trayvon
George Washington October 20, 2012 at 03:29 AM
in conclusion, if gutierrez and skeen made people believe that gang members were at their potluck when they werent, then maybe gutierrez is also doing the same in the case of this article
SBW October 20, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Snitches get Stitches Daniel Skeen. Code of the streets. More power to all that want to stand up against gangs in the connunity, you please let me know when there is NO more gang violence in the City of Watsonville. AND please do find the hoodlumes that smashed my car window in twice in the Jefferson Alley...ha! Neighborhood Watch my ass! Callin people names like "troll" is a form of bullying so calm down before I report you to the "WPD"! I'm sure they can get rid of a cyber bully faster than gang crimes.
Maria X October 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
skeen and gutierrez are both psyco liers that must be stopped. People should go to there meetings and shout them down and expose them for the racists they are. STOP ALL THE NEIGBOORHOOD WATCHES IN WATSONVILLE.
Jennifer Squires October 20, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Thanks for the great back-and-forth guys. We're going to close this down before anyone gets their feelings hurt. I'd encourage everyone to use Patch's blogs as a forum to share their views on violence, gangs, neighborhoods, etc. Here's the link to blog! http://watsonville.patch.com/blog/apply

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