Mental health worker stabbed multiple times, Holyoke man arrested
Holyoke police were forced to break into the apartment of a Holyoke man after he allegedly stabbed a CHD social worker repeatedly on Friday afternoon and then barricaded himself in the apartment armed with knives .
Police arrested Alfredo Rivera, 50, after breaking open the door of his Ivy Street home and using less than lethal force to incapacitate him. Rivera was armed with at least two knives. Once the police entered the apartment, Rivera tried to stab them and when that failed, started stabbing himself.
Officers disarmed the man and applied a tourniquet to his wound before transporting him to hospital.
The social worker was repeatedly stabbed in the upper torso a few minutes earlier after Rivera allegedly jumped into the man’s car, asked if he was “ready to die?” And then allegedly started stabbing him.
Officers said they found the victim bleeding profusely and several residents provided first aid to the injured man upon arrival at the scene.
The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center where she was subsequently listed in stable condition.
Before being taken by ambulance, the social worker identified his attacker as a dangerous man who had attempted to kill a Holyoke police officer years before.
Authorities reported that Rivera was prosecuted in 2007 for attacking Officer Wilfredo Guzman with a machete while the officer was seated in his patrol car. Officer Guzman was punched in the face but survived the attack.
Rivera has been charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon with grievous bodily harm, four counts of assault with a weapon with intent to kill, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.