Less than 24 hours after an hour and a half stand-off in East Longmeadow, the resident at the center of the incident, Stephen Powell, appeared before a judge in Palmer District Court.
A not guilty plea was entered on Powell's behalf to several charges, including threatening to commit murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon - a kitchen knife.
Around 6 p.m. Monday, police were called to Powell's home at 14 Roderick Avenue for a tenant dispute.
"The victim in this case was renting a house from the defendant," said prosecutor Lori Odierna. "He indicated to police that the defendant called him and told him that he had boxed up all of his belongings and he had to come and get all of his belongings or he was going to burn them."
When police arrived on scene the alleged victim said that Powell threatened him before barricading himself inside of his home.
"The victim and his daughter were in the process of moving their stuff into the victim's car when the victim states the defendant came out of the house multiple times," said Odierna. "Initially he was yelling at the victim, calling the daughter names, swearing at them, telling them to take their stuff and leave. The third time that the defendant came out, he had a knife in his hand. He was swinging it at the victim. He pushed the victim again, screaming at him to leave."
"What I understand was going on is that he was letting this alleged victim live in his house for 15 days because that victim was going to another residence," said defense attorney, Alan Ferrigno. "He went over to the house. He was moving his stuff out, was going to move to his other house and the door was left open the heat was left on."
A woman and child were inside of that home before authorities arrived. East Longmeadow Police alongside state and Springfield police were all called to the scene.
"My client refutes the allegation that he ever swung a knife at him, or threatened to kill him or threatened that he had a gun," said Ferrigno.
Powell was held on $2,000 cash bail. He has a lengthy criminal record and was out on payroll for his third OUI from Superior Court. During Tuesday's arraignment he was served with probation violation papers and he was ordered to appear in Superior Court on Wednesday.
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