SANTA CRUZ - Two Santa Cruz men were arrested Saturday morning after allegedly assaulting and stabbing a 28-year-old Hayward man in San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz police said.
About 2:30 a.m., officers responded to Dominican Hospital's emergency room for a report of a man who had been stabbed in the abdomen, Santa Cruz Lt. Dan Flippo said.
The victim underwent surgery for the wound but the injury was not life threatening, Flippo said.
Witnesses to the stabbing told officers the victim was walking through the park when three men made contact with him, Flippo said. The suspects questioned whether the victim was in a gang because of his red flannel clothing, Flippo said. Though the victim and witnesses denied gang affiliation, the victim was still assaulted and stabbed.
As officers searched the area shortly after the stabbing, they found two men on Dakota Avenue identified by witnesses as being involved in the assault.
Alex Reyes, 23, and Juan Cruz, 30, both of Santa Cruz, were identified as the attackers by witnesses.
The weapon involved was not immediately found, but a park ranger later found a bloody knife believed to have been used in the attack, Flippo said.
Both were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail. Their bail amounts were not available.