A 41-year old Everett man, Juan Santana-Ruiz, was arrested in Connecticut last week and brought back to Massachusetts in connection with the brutal stabbing of a teenager in Chelsea last month.
According to Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, State Police Colonel Timothy Alben and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, Santana-Ruiz was arrested, extradited to Massachusetts and arraigned in Boston last week on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery stemming from an incident at a Chelsea restaurant, Plaza Mexico, on March 22.
Witnesses at the scene and video surveillance footage allegedly showed that the suspect had a physical altercation with the victim, a 17-year old Chelsea man, and was removed from the restaurant.
The suspect allegedly fought his way back into the restaurant and assaulted the victim, stabbing him in the abdomen with a knife, before exiting the restaurant again and fleeing on foot.
Police used photographs obtained from video cameras inside and outside of the restaurant to get a description and an image of the suspect and later identified the suspect through a facebook friend request and corroborated that identification with a Massachusetts license registration photograph.
After several weeks, Chelsea and State Police working with Connecticut State Police, were able to locate the suspect there and apprehend him. He later waived extradition to Massachusetts and was arraigned on Monday, April 13, where he was ordered held on $200,000 bail.
He will return to court on May 14.