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Second Arrest Made in Lowell Stabbing

November 14, 2018

LOWELL -- A second man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in Saturday night’s stabbing of a 26-year-old man inside a Garin Terrace apartment.

A witness told police Elvin Lopez, 40, of Lowell, was one of the men who rushed into the apartment moments before the stabbing took place around 8 p.m. Saturday. The victim suffered a collapsed lung and was transported to Tufts Medical Center.

Lowell police Capt. James Hodgdon announced Wednesday that Lopez has been charged with armed assault with intent to murder and armed assault in a dwelling. He was arraigned in Lowell District Court and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Friday, according to Elizabeth Vlock, spokesperson for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Jonathan Ramos, 29, of 5 Hampshire Place, was charged hours after the attack on Saturday with the same offenses. He was arraigned in Lowell District Court on Tuesday and is also being held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday, Vlock said.

Police arrived at the apartment to find EMTs and paramedics treating the victim who had suffered a stab wound under his arm on the left side of his torso, according to a police report written by Lowell police Officer Brian McManus.

The victim and his 28-year-old girlfriend -- who lives at the Garin Terrace apartment -- told officers three men rushed into the apartment. They attacked the 26-year-old and punched the woman before fleeing the scene, the woman said, according to McManus’ statement.

Initial accounts suggested the couple did not know who these three men were. However, after further investigation and questioning, the girlfriend changed her story, McManus said.

The 28-year-old woman reportedly told McManus the attack transpired after she had a violent domestic incident with her boyfriend earlier in the day. After allegedly being abused, she said she contacted Ramos -- who she shares a child with -- to tell him about the attack, according to McManus’ report. The alleged attack reportedly took place in front of a child.

The woman said Ramos had become angry that the child witnessed the abuse and came to Garin Terrace with other men to confront the soon-to-be stabbing victim.

According to the 28-year-old woman’s comments to McManus, a stabbing took place during the altercation, but it was not carried out by Ramos.

The 28-year-old told police Ramos stood “at the bottom of her apartment stairs while the other two males ran upstairs and attacked (the victim), ultimately stabbing him before fleeing,” according a statement from Detective Nathan Bowler.

The woman was later shown a photographic array of the Ramos and Lopez and seven other males with similar appearances. She positively identified Ramos and Lopez as the men who entered the apartment, according to Bowler.

Ramos was tracked down at his Centralville apartment shortly after the violent act. He denied the stabbing, claiming he only went to the apartment to retrieve his son. Ramos was then charged due to probable cause, according to Bowler’s statement.

“Mr. Ramos was noted to be clearly unbelievable at different times and at other times changed his version of events,” the report states.

The identity of the third suspect is unkown, Hodgdon said.

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