Suspect who stabbed a Springfield Police Officer in 2017 Arrested Again Armed with a Knife outside SPD Headquarters

Springfield, Mass. — On Monday September 19th at approximately 8:20 p.m. Springfield Police Officers arrested 28-year-old Juan Delvalle outside 130 Pearl Street after he threw a large knife in the direction of police officers.

In May 2017, Delvalle entered the Springfield Police Headquarters Lobby and stabbed an officer in the abdomen.  The officer survived and Delvalle was charged with armed assault with intent to murder.  A judge found Delvalle criminally not responsible and instead he was civilly committed to Bridgewater State Hospital.

Delvalle returned to 130 Pearl Street on Monday night armed with a 8” knife.  He was initially spotted on top of an unmarked cruiser with a knife in his hand.  Officers approached Delvalle outside police headquarters where he refused to drop the knife.  After attempts to communicate with Delvalle were ignored an officer deployed a taser which did not have its desired effect.  Delvalle then took a seat on a curb and threw the knife in the direction of two officers who dodged the knife as it stuck into the ground.  Delvalle was then taken into custody.

During a search officers recovered a lighter from his pocket.  Officers reviewed video from the Real-Time Analysis Center (R-TAC) and then located a marked cruiser in which Delvalle stuck a part of his t-shirt into the gas tank.  The t-shirt was recovered with fresh burn marks on it.

While reviewing the video officers could also see pick up an object (a rock) and throw it at an unmarked cruiser causing the passenger window to shatter.  While on the booking dock Delvalle threatened to shoot an officer.

28-year-old Juan Delvalle of Springfield is charged with:

  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle
  • Attempt to Burn Vehicle, Arson
  • Trespass
  • Threat to Commit a Crime