CAPITOLA -- A 33-year-old Capitola woman was arrested Saturday as a suspect in the stabbing of two of her neighbors.

Police are investigating what may have caused Katy Skinner to attack her neighbors, a 39-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, with a large kitchen knife on the 1700 block of 46th Avenue. The confrontation happened around 8 p.m. in a garden patio at the apartment complex, said Capitola police detective Leo Moreno.

Neighbors coming to the aid of the two stabbing victims subdued and disarmed Skinner until police arrived, Moreno said.

The female victim was airlifted to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment of stab wounds to her upper left shoulder and torso area. The man was treated at a local hospital for a stab wound to his upper left shoulder. The injuries are not life threatening for either victim, Moreno said.

The victims, who are family members, identified Skinner as the suspect, Moreno said.Investigators have ruled out gang involvement as a cause.

"The motive is still under investigation. We're still interviewing witnesses and the victims," Moreno said. "At this point, I don't know all of the aspects, as far as what the specific motive was."

Skinner is being held at the Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. ------ (c)2014 the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) Visit the Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.) at www.santacruzsentinel.com



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