Santa Cruz County

Gang Fight Reported Near Watsonville School

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - A gang fight happened outside Watsonville High School Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Watsonville police say they were dispatched to the area on reports of a fight with weapons, possibly between gang members. When officers arrived, a school administrator pointed them to the area of Bockius Street, where two males were seen running. 

Police were eventually able to locate the described suspects on the 100 block of Grant Street, but both managed to escape from police. 

Police say one suspect ran toward a home and threw a handgun over the fence. That suspect was eventually arrested and identified as Gustavo Chavez, a known Watsonville gang member, according to police. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is strongly urged to call the Watsonville Police Department crime tip line at 728-3544.

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