Woman, 19, in custody after man stabbed in downtown Santa Cruz Friday
A suspect is in custody after a stabbing in a downtown Santa Cruz parking lot sent a man to the hospital Friday evening, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.
Police responded to reports of a disturbance between a man and woman in the public parking lot at 100 Front Street shortly after 6 p.m. Friday.
Officers found 46-year-old George Mario Castellanos at the scene suffering from a stab wound. He was transported to Valley Medical Center in San Jose for treatment. As of Saturday night, he is listed as being in stable condition following treatment.
Evidence collected at the scene and independent witness statements led police to arrest 19-year-old Michelle Antonio-Moreno on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, officials said.
Antonio-Moreno was also transported to a hospital for treatment of what police described as non-life-threatening injuries related to the altercation, as well as for medical clearance prior to her booking. She remained in custody Saturday night at Santa Cruz County Jail with her bail set at $75,000.
Neither party cooperated with investigators, however, and the motive for the attack remained unclear.
Initial media reports, and an account from a journalist at the scene, suggested two people were stabbed in the incident. However, a Saturday evening release from the Santa Cruz Police Department described only a single stabbing victim.