SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man arrested in connection with the first of two deadly stabbings in the city of Springfield in the last 24 hours has pleaded not guilty. Jose Ramos, 34, was ordered held without the right to bail Wednesday during his arraignment in Springfield District Court.
Ramos was arrested Tuesday night following the stabbing of a 26 year-old man in the parking lot of the Friends of the Homeless Shelter on Worthington Street. The victim was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. Police Sgt. John Delaney says that no motive for the stabbing is known at this point.
Ramos is due back in court on April 9. He was a resident at Friends of the Homeless. 22News spoke with the Executive Director, Bill Miller, about how they determine who is allowed inside their shelter.
He said, “We screen as well as we can. We have a police officer on duty in the evening when people check in. Anybody who is new to us, we’re running a background check to see if there’s any outstanding warrants.”
Miller said their focus is to help people but they do keep an eye on security because they know it is an issue.
Following Ramos’s arrest, another person died as a result of a stabbing on lower Belmont Avenue, in which two other people were wounded.