Stabbing and abduction suspect arraigned

Published on Monday, 10 July 2017 22:35
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEWINGTON - The man who allegedly stabbed his child’s mother and fled Chicopee, Mass., with his 21-month-old son told investigators they had argued over 17 extra minutes of visitation time.

Joshua Calcorzi-Ortiz, 24, of Lancaster, Pa., is accused of seriously injured the child’s mother with a 9-inch knife he shoved into her sternum and fled with the toddler to Connecticut with his cousin early Sunday, triggering an Amber Alert.

The boy and Calcorzi-Ortiz were found hours later in the White Swan Motel on the Berlin Turnpike.

Massachusetts authorities “pinged” Calcorzi-Ortiz’s cell phone, according to an arrest warrant obtained by Newington police, and then alerted the local police department that he was likely in the area. Within 30 minutes, Newington officers received information from the phone that Calcorzi-Ortiz was likely at the White Swan Motel.

He had checked in with his cousin’s identification, but when an officer knocked on the hotel door, Calcorzi-Ortiz was there and taken into custody. The child was clad only in a diaper, Newington police said, and there was no food in the room.

Chicopee investigators found blood on a child’s tank top that had been discarded in the hotel room garbage can.

The child had seen the stabbing, authorities said, and was placed in a car seat to go to the hospital with his mother, but was grabbed by his father. The woman was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

Calcorzi-Ortiz’s public defender, Courtney Volz, told New Britain Superior Court Judge Joan Alexander Monday that her client was under the impression he had visitation rights.

Calcorzi-Ortiz told police that he had spent time with the child Saturday night. He told the child’s mother he needed another 17 minutes because he had ordered Chinese food and an argument ensued, he said. Calcorzi-Ortiz denied stabbing the child’s mother or pulling a knife on her but admitted he took the child, according to court records.

Newington police charged Calcorzi-Ortiz with risk of injury and second-degree kidnapping. Newington police also obtained an arrest warrant charging him as a fugitive from justice. Chicopee police are holding an arrest warrant charging Calcorzi-Ortiz with several crimes, including armed assault in a dwelling, assault to murder, kidnapping and endangerment by a relative.

He waived extradition to Massachusetts during his arraignment on the Newington charges Monday. “These are extremely serious charges,” said New Britain Supervisory State’s Attorney Mary Rose Palmese while asking for an increase in bond. “He’s clearly a flight risk and caused an Amber Alert.”

Alexander issued a protective order barring Calcorzi-Ortiz from contacting the woman and their son before ordering him held on $2 million bond. Massachusetts authorities are expected to pick Calcorzi-Ortiz up to serve him with their arrest warrant in the next few weeks. 

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain, Newington on Monday, 10 July 2017 22:35. Updated: Monday, 10 July 2017 22:38.