Two suspects arrested in connection with stabbing death
Ramacandra Hansen, 20, address unavailable, was taken into custody this morning by “an ad-hoc task force” of several different KCSO units, authorities said. He was arrested without incident on Chickamauga Avenue and served with an outstanding warrant charging him with violation of probation.
Hansen is “a person of interest” in the slaying of 62-year-old Ronald D. Echols. Officers found Echols mortally wounded in his apartment on Oak Valley Drive when they were dispatched there on a stabbing call just after 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to KCSO officials.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the slaying. His identity hasn’t been made public but police said he is being held at the Richard L. Bean Juvenile Detention Center.
Although Hansen hasn’t been charged in connection with Echols’ death, he also is being held without bond due to the probation warrant, KCSO officials said.
“(Hansen) has a criminal history in Knox County that includes theft of property, theft, theft by shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession, and burglary,” according to a KCSO press release.
It wasn’t clear whether Hansen and the unnamed juvenile suspect were both in Echols’ apartment when the stabbing occurred. Police haven’t said what type of weapon was used in the attack or whether anything was stolen from the victim’s home.
Echols' death marked the second homicide in KCSO’s jurisdiction in a 5-day period. The department normally investigates around six homicides per year, a spokeswoman said.
On Saturday, 19-year-old Jack Bush allegedly shot and killed Evan Hall, also 19, in a confrontation outside Bush’s house on Christin Lee Circle.
Bush has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and is free on bond. Authorities say Bush came out of his home and confronted Hall in the street just prior to the shooting but they haven’t said what the teens were arguing about.By J.J. Stambaugh, editor