Suspect in North Adams stabbing held pending dangerousness hearing

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NORTH ADAMS — When police arrived on Union Street for a report of a stabbing and robbery Friday night, they found a pizza delivery driver in his car, bleeding profusely from nine stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and arm, in an apparent ambush.

"Travis Perras stabbed me," the victim told police. "Travis Perras robbed me."

Perras, 24, of North Adams, appeared in Northern Berkshire District Court Monday morning and pleaded not guilty to charges of armed assault to murder, armed and masked robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Perras was arrested at gunpoint after a police search dog and a trail of blood from the scene of the assault led officers to his location.

According to court documents, which include statements from police, the victim, witnesses and the manager of the Domino's restaurant for which the victim works, a call came in Friday night for a delivery to 376 Union St.

The call came from a private number and the caller requested the driver be able to break a $100 bill.

The manager said the call from such a number and the request for a large amount of change would have normally triggered a security call back, but that was not done in this case. The victim was carrying approximately $170 cash. Police also described the delivery address as a vacant apartment.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., witnesses saw the victim's car parked, saw him fall and saw the suspect running from the area.

The victim managed to get himself into the front seat of his car, where he called 911, as witnesses lent assistance.

The victim said during the struggle with Perras, he managed to pull the mask from his face and identify him.

"I pulled off his hood or his mask and saw that it was Travis Perras," he told police and said it appeared he fled toward his mother's nearby home.

The victim was bleeding profusely when police arrived and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center and went immediately into surgery.

In their report, police described the victim's condition was critical. An update on his condition was not available Monday afternoon.

At the scene, police found the victim's car, its interior driver's side bloodied and a pool of blood on the pavement near the driver's side door. They found drops of blood leading up to the driveway of 376 Union St. and blood on its siding.

Police brought in a police dog to assist in the search for Perras and the dog led police directly to Perras' mother's Union Street home.

Police surrounded the home and entered after hearing movement inside. Perras was found on the floor in the living room and taken into custody at gunpoint.

Police were granted a warrant to search the home in which Perras was taken into custody and recovered a folding knife with a dark handle from a TV stand drawer in one of the bedrooms, among other evidence, including items of clothing.

Perras and the victim had a prior interaction in November 2016, according to police.

According to court files, Perras had gotten into the same victim's car, argued with him and refused to leave.

Police were called and found the two men in the car. Perras was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Meanwhile, Judge Paul Vrabel ordered Perras held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for July 26 in Northern Berkshire District Court.

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.

Judge Paul Vrabel ordered Perras held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for July 26.


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