Father and daughter stabbed in Springfield, suspect arrested

Ernesto Rivera of Springfield charged with assault and battery

Ernesto Rivera of Springfield is accused of stabbing a father and daughter during an argument on Andrew St. in Springfield. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 25 year-old man was arrested Friday evening, after Springfield police say he stabbed a father and daughter.

According to Police Sgt. John Delaney, Ernesto Rivera of Springfield is now facing two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, in connection with the incident at Andrew Street and State Streets in Mason Square.

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Delaney said that around 6:00, police received a report of a disturbance near 837 State Street. While on the way, officers received word that a 26 year-old woman had been stabbed, and was taken by car to Mercy Medical Center. Additional callers told police that a 48 year-old man was also stabbed.

When the officers got there, Delaney says, they found the 48 year-old stabbing victim. He told police that he had been walking with his daughter when the two were almost struck by a pickup truck turning onto Andrew Street from State Street.

The victim said that the driver of the truck stopped on Andrew Street, and an argument followed. The man’s daughter, a 26 year-old, got in between the truck’s driver and her mother, who was about to be stabbed. It was then that the young woman herself was stabbed. A friend drove her to the hospital right away.

The fight continued, and the 48 year-old man was stabbed as well.

Police gave him first aid until he could be taken to the hospital. While talking to police, Delaney said that the victim pointed out his alleged assailant, later identified as Rivera, who was taken into custody.

Both father and daughter have since been released from the hospital. Rivera was held over the weekend and was scheduled for arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court.