.15-year-old Arrested in Watsonville Homicide

The suspect was picked up on Waters Alley, not far from where Adrian Ayala was shot multiple times

A teenager was arrested Thursday in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man on Sept. 4 on Sudden Street.

Watsonville Police Department spokesperson Michelle Pulido said officers arrested the 15-year-old male suspect on Waters Alley between Jefferson and Sudden streets, less than a block from where Adrian Ayala was shot multiple times.

As officers attempted to arrest him, he tossed a gun behind some garbage cans, Pulido said. A swarm of police, many with their guns drawn, captured the teen and located the gun, Pulido added.

Pulido said the suspect has ties to a local gang and is currently facing several charges, including murder, possession of a firearm, gang enhancements and probation violation. He was booked into Juvenile Hall.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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