Stamford police ID victim, release details in deadly Christmas stabbing

It happened at a home on Crystal Street between Peveril Road and Quintard Terrace, police said.

Marissa Alter

Dec 27, 2023, 10:57 PM

Updated 152 days ago


The Stamford man killed at a party in the early morning hours of Christmas has been identified by police as 32-year-old Juan David Hernandez Velasco. They said Velasco lived in the city for the past year with his wife until a holiday get-together turned violent.
It happened at a home on Crystal Street between Peveril Road and Quintard Terrace, police said.
“There was a gathering amongst friends, some drinking involved. It led to a verbal dispute that then led to a physical altercation inside the apartment,” explained Sgt. William Garay. Garay told News 12 that fight then moved outside where Velasco was stabbed multiple times in his upper torso. He was dropped at Stamford Hospital’s emergency room entrance by a couple people from the party who then took off, according to Garay.
“They brought him to a medic that they found at the hospital—an ambulance was outside—and they brought the body to him,” Garay said.
Police said they were alerted to the situation by hospital staff around 3:30 a.m. and responded.
“Shortly after, our patrol division located a male wandering nearby to the hospital in the street. It appeared to be that he was attempting to get struck by a vehicle. He was walking into oncoming traffic and was covered in blood,” Garay stated.
Police said that man was 22-year-old Beimar “Andres” Aroujo-Ramirez, of Stamford, who said Aroujo-Ramirez admitted he was one of the people who brought Velasco to the hospital. Aroujo-Ramirez was arrested, but not for the homicide. He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly attacking the party's hosts.
“This is part of what happened that evening that ultimately led to the death of our victim,” explained Garay. “What's being relayed to us is the host asked that the party to be over, asked the guests to leave, this individual decided he didn't want to, and the altercation began. It became physical, and the two hosts were then assaulted by him.”
Aroujo-Ramirez was arraigned at Stamford Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon. He’s being held on $500,000 bond. Garay told News 12 Aroujo-Ramirez is a person of interest in the stabbing, and it’s possible he’ll face additional charges. Police do expect to make additional arrests in the case, according to Garay.
He said as the investigation continues, they’re interviewing witnesses and possible suspects. Police are asking anyone with information to reach out.
“We'd take any help we can right now to bring some closure to the victim's family,” Garay said.
Sgt. William Garay can be reached at 203-977-4417. The public can also submit an anonymous text tip to Tip411 by texting the work “StamfordPD” and the tip information to 847411.

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