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Two Rocks Smash Windows of 'Take Back Watsonville' Founder's Home

Paul Gutierrez says the incident was caught on video.

Paul Gutierrez, Watsonville resident and founder of the neighborhood watch group "Take Back Watsonville," said two rocks smashed through the living room and dining room windows of his Palm Avenue home around 7:24 a.m. Friday.

"It sounded like gun shots coming through the windows. I threw Ivory [girlfriend] in the closet and told her to get down on the ground and went to check," Gutierrez said.

He said he found glass all over the floor and two rocks "the size of baseballs" used to smash the windows.

Gutierrez said he's been getting death threats all month, especially after beginning the Take Back Watsonville blog.

According to Gutierrez, his neighbor's video surveillance caught the rock thrower on tape. 

"We saw one [man] on the camera, and you see clearly that he throws it, and then runs across the street and then down the alley," said Gutierrez, who based that statement on what the neighbor described to him, as he had not yet seen the video himself. He said the video shows the face of the rock thrower clearly.

Lt. Michael Ridgway of the Watsonville Police Department said Friday afternoon that police were waiting for Gutierrez to get them the tape so they can review it. 

"Right now we don't have enough evidence to take immediate action. The victim has an idea who it was, not specifically but one of a group, and we're hoping that the video provides us more info," Ridgway said.

Gutierrez lives with two small children and his fiance, and is afraid for their safety should the situation will escalate.

"First it's rocks and then it's bullets," said Gutierrez.

Gutierrez's neighborhood watch program formed from 53 Palm Avenue residents who were fed up with crime in their neighborhood.

Cathy P. October 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Paul, we are so sorry to hear this news AND so grateful that no one in your family was injured. There's a risk when you stir up a hornet's nest but at least you are bringing them out into the open - now let WPD deal with them. Let us know if there's anything we can do. Thinking positive thoughts....
Susan O'Day October 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Daniel, what makes you think thee are "little ones" responsible for throwing the rock? The video said "a man"...not that these guys are "men" but an adult I would guess. When he gets caught he will get a slap on the wrist and ordered to pay restitution which I doubt will happen.
Daniel Skeen October 08, 2012 at 04:12 AM
@The actions are child like no matter the age of the thrower. We will see how the Police deal with them.
Susan O'Day October 09, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Daniel, you are so right...Child like action like this must be punished by law for being so thoughtless and thinking this was alright to do!
Cathy P. October 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
@Daniel: hardly child like. More like criminal mischief defined as "a crime against property; the willful damaging of the property of another. Punishable in a criminal court but may also be dealt with as a civil tort. Such offenses may include throwing rocks through windows, spray painting graffiti, slashing car tires, or other acts of vandalism."

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