Holyoke man arrested for attempted murder in stabbing of social worker

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/5/2021 11:59:54 AM

HOLYOKE — Police say that a man attempted to stab to death a social worker on Friday afternoon before barricading himself in his apartment.

In a news release, the Holyoke Police Department said that city resident Alfredo Rivera, 50, has been charged with attempted murder and other assault charges after allegedly stabbing a 61-year-old Center for Human Development clinician repeatedly.

Police arrived at the area of Ivy Avenue and Dwight Street at 4:30 p.m. on Friday after receiving reports of a stabbing. There, they found the victim profusely bleeding from his upper body, with bystanders giving him first first aid. He was eventually transported to Baystate Medical Center, where he was in stable condition as of late Friday night.

“The victim had been viciously stabbed multiple times in the chest area,” the Holyoke Police Department stated. “The victim stated Rivera had ‘jumped’ into the rear of the his ... vehicle and stated, ‘Are you ready to die?’ Rivera immediately attacked the victim with a knife, plunging the knife multiple times into the victim’s upper body.”

Police said that they located Rivera barricaded in his apartment, and that officers eventually decided to force entry.

“As the officers made entry, Rivera rushed the officers with two knives over his head,” the department stated. “Less lethal force was immediately used against Rivera and he was knocked to the floor. Rivera began to stab himself multiple times. Officers disarmed the knives from Rivera to stop Rivera from stabbing himself.”

Rivera was transported to the hospital, and will be charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of armed assault to murder, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.


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