Detectives identify, arrest teenage boy in Aptos hammer attack

Alex was hospitalized after being beaten by a hammer (left). He sleeps peacefully on the right.

Detectives with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Thursday in the Aptos hammer attack that targeted three teenage boys early Monday morning, officials said. 

A 15-year-old male was identified as one of the attackers and arrested around 10:30 a.m. in Watsonville. He was booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and robbery, officials said.

Detectives are working to identify additional suspects involved in the brutal attack that occurred around 1:40 a.m. on Memorial Day. At least three masked suspects entered the garage of a home on the 100 block of Monte Vista Drive and began assaulting two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy.  

One of the three victims that was taken to the hospital in critical condition is now in stable condition. Detectives added that the boy has “a long road to recovery.”

“This assault was beyond stupid and these suspects are fortunate nobody is dead as a result of this attack,” said Sheriff Jim Hart. “Our deputies are going to find every one of the suspects, they should turn themselves in now.”

Anyone with related information is asked to contact Sergeant Baldwin at 831-454-7635.