Greenfield man charged with attempted murder

Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 12, 2018

GREENFIELD — A man who allegedly attacked his 88-year-old father with a kitchen knife has been taken to the Greenfield House of Corrections for an evaluation.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, police received a report of two men fighting at Elm Terrace, and arrived to find an the elderly man with severe lacerations to his hand, among other wounds.

They later arrested Petr Kovrizhnykh, 41, on the following charges: assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over age 60; assault and battery on a disabled person over age 60; assault with intent to murder; and malicious destruction of property worth more than $250.

The elderly Russian man could not speak English, but when his daughter arrived, she translated what happened to the police. The man said his son, Petr, told his father that voices were telling him to kill his father and another family member. His father told him to go to sleep, but Petr came back into his room with a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the father. The elderly man blocked the blow with his hand, and the son ran from the apartment, smashing a door on his way out. 

The arrest charges are all felonies, and a dangerousness hearing is scheduled for April 19.