Suspects at large following stabbing

Michael Velasquez, 18, is wanted in connection with a stabbing

Two suspects wanted by the Gilroy Police Department remain
at-large following an early morning stabbing Wednesday. Michael
Velasquez, 18, and a second, unknown male are suspected of
participating in the stabbing and robbery of three victims in the
7100 block of Church Street.
Two suspects wanted in connection with a Wednesday morning stabbing and robbery remain at large, according to the Gilroy Police Department.

Michael Velasquez, 18, and a second, unknown male are suspected of participating in the stabbing and robbery of three victims in the 7100 block of Church Street.

Velasquez is a Gilroy resident, and is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds, according to the GPD. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The second suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic male between 18 and 19 years old and between 5 feet and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He has a stocky build, short hair and no facial hair, according to police. He was last seen wearing light blue basketball shorts and a white T-shirt.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, officers discovered one victim suffering from multiple stab wounds and two others with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

During an investigation, police learned two males, one later determined to be Velasquez, approached several individuals in a carport area on Church Street.

Police said Velasquez and the second suspect demanded money and other items from the individuals. The two suspects then attacked the men, taking some personal items in the process, according to the GPD.

GPD Officer Amanda Stanford said the stab-wound victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The other victims’ conditions are not currently known.

The incident is being investigated as a gang related crime, according to the GPD. Stanford said the investigation was ongoing and it had not been determined whether the stabbing was related to two other recent gang related incidents.

A 22-year-old man was hospitalized March 9 after a shooting in the 300 block of Lewis Street. The next night, residents in the 800 block of Monticelli Drive avoided injury after more shots were fired in what some residents believed was a retaliatory incident.

Anyone with more information about Wednesday’s incident may call police at 846-0350 or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-782-7463.

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