ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The victim and suspect in a fatal stabbing at a Newport business Thursday have been identified.
According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, 58-year-old Gregorio Maso Ramirez allegedly stabbed 44-year-old Uriel Navarro Ortiz at their workplace.READ MORE: Brother Fatally Shoots Sister Inside Chanhassen Home
Police were called to Bailey Nurseries at 1325 Bailey Road at 3:40 p.m. Thursday on a report of a medical emergency. Upon arrival, officers found Ortiz on the lunchroom floor in a pool of blood.
A witness was in the lunchroom beforehand and saw Ramirez asking Ortiz for a ride home, which Ortiz refused. The witness left the room, and returned a few minutes later to find Ortiz on the floor.
Ramirez was spotted soon after by his supervisor, who says he appeared “angry,” and was wrapping one of his arms with a jacket.
The suspect was given a ride home to his St. Paul apartment by an unknown person. Investigators discovered Ramirez’s address and alerted St. Paul Police, who arrived and found a trail of blood that led to his apartment.READ MORE: Missing Person: Douglas Paul Schroeder
Ramirez turned himself in to St. Paul Police, who transported him to Regions Hospital for treatment of a large cut on his right hand. He admitted to authorities that he brought a knife to work and planned to “do something” to Ortiz, and then admitted to stabbing him.
Police later found the weapon a few blocks away from Ramirez’s apartment.
Ryan McEnaney from Bailey Nurseries says the company is mourning the loss of Ortiz.
“Uriel was a father, husband, friend and co-worker,” McEnaney said. “He will be remembered by our family of employees at Bailey Nurseries as a hard working and dedicated employee and family man.”MORE NEWS: Mayor Frey Speaks With North Minneapolis Community Members Saying They're Fed Up With Recent Surge Of Gun Violence
Ramirez is being held at the Washington County Jail. Several agencies are working on the ongoing investigation.