Hartford police have arrested a man accused of stabbing an acquaintance during an attempted robbery 10 months ago.
Police took 49-year-old Ralph Jones, of Hartford, into custody on Thursday and he has been charged with first-degree assault, robbery in the first degree and possession of a dangerous weapon in connection with a stabbing on March 8, police said.
Officers found the victim on Liberty Street while investigating a report of a person in a vehicle who had been stabbed several times in the face and neck and he was transported to St. Francis Hospital and admitted into emergency surgery.
At the time he was stabilized, the victim could only offer minimal information about the assault and police said they discovered that the
suspect and victim were neighborhood acquaintances and were driving in the Albany Avenue area when the assailant pulled a knife, demanded money from the victim, tried to rob him and that escalated into a violent assault.
Police said the assailant fled and evidence was found as police tried to track him.
Over the 10 months that followed, detectives from the major crimes division worked to identify the suspect, who was only known at the time as “New York.” Then police identified Jones as the suspect and obtained a warrant for him on Jan. 11.
On Thursday, members of the Hartford Police Fugitive Task Force were able to determine where Jones was and took him into custody. He will be arraigned today.