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47-year-old Watsonville man arrested on attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbed a man, police say

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION-TV)- Watsonville Police have arrested a 47-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed a 32-year-old man outside of a liquor store on Saturday night.

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Main Street where they found a 32-year-old man who was suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Police say the male victim was transported to a out of county trauma center with life-threatening injuries. The man is now in stable condition.

Investigators identified the suspect as 47-year-old Francisco Nieto of Watsonville.

Police said Nieto left the scene before officers arrived to the 1000 block of Main Street.

Less than 24 hours later, police said that they were able to locate Nieto.

Investigators said that Nieto and the victim had a brief altercation before the stabbing occurred.

Nieto was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on attempted murder charges and being held without bail due to a parole violation.

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