HYANNIS – According to a press statement from the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office, “on Sunday, September 8, 2019 Barnstable Police responded to the area of 74 Danvers Way, Hyannis for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival police located two individuals with apparent stab wounds. Both individuals were transported to Cape Cod Hospital. A short time later Kelvin Rios (DOB 5-4-99) and Shondell Rateree (DOB 2-18-99) arrived at CCH also suffering from apparent lacerations and puncture wounds. After further investigation, police arrested the aforementioned. Rateree and Rios were arraigned today in Barnstable District Court on charges of kidnapping, assault and battery dangerous weapon and armed assault to murder. Both are held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on 9-12-19.”
According to information contained in the Barnstable Police report, on Sunday, September 8th, at about 2:54 a.m., officers responded to the area of 74 Danvers Way for reports of a disturbance. While en-route officers were advised that one person had been stabbed. Patrolman Nolan O’Melia arrived and confirmed that in fact two people had been stabbed. One female victim had suffered a stab wound to the left leg, the second male victim had puncture wounds to the chest and abdomen. One victim underwent emergency surgery at CCH for a laceration to his liver, as well as a laceration to an artery. The other victim, the female, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for surgery regarding possible nerve damage to her left leg.
In the minutes following the initial call, Kelvin Rios reportedly was dropped off at CCH by Shondell Rateree, according to the police report. Rios was suffering from severe lacerations to both hands, as well as a puncture wound to his left thigh.
“Video surveillance would later corroborate that after Rateree dropped Rios off at the Emergency Room, he was seen throwing an object into the ocean at Bayview Beach [in] Yarmouth,” according to the report. Rateree then returned to CCH where he was admitted for an injury to his eye, as well as a puncture wound to his lower back. Barnstable Police then reportedly recovered a silver camouflage folding knife from the water at Bayview Beach. According to the police report, during a later police interview, Rateree later identified the knife as belonging to him.
Prior to being transported to Mass. General Hospital, investigators audio recorded a statement from the female victim that had been stabbed in the left leg. The victim stated that earlier in the evening she had been driving in Rateree’s vehicle, along with Rios. At some point during the ride, the female victim stated she had begun to feel uncomfortable and asked Rateree and Rios to let her out of the vehicle. According to her recorded statement, not only did they refuse to let her out, but they stopped the vehicle on the highway and locked her windows and put on the child safety locks so she was unable to open the doors to exit. According to the police report, Rateree later admitted he locked the child safety locks, but stated he did it so she would not jump out of the car. (HN NOTE: During the arraignment, the defense alleged that the victim was intoxicated and that the defendants were concerned about her jumping out and endangering herself on the highway… see HN Video.) But the report also indicates that the victim’s boyfriend stated she had called him saying she was stuck in the back of the car, and that Rateree and Rios would not let her out… that they had locked her in using the child safety locks.
Rateree, Rios, and the victim drove to 74 Danvers Way. The police report indicates the victim’s boyfriend was outside waiting and opened the car door to let her out. The police report continues, “[The victim] state that was when Rateree and Rios exited the vehicle and attacked [her boyfriend]…” That “Rateree and Rios [were] on top of [her boyfriend], punching and kicking him.”
The victim then stated that the next thing she remembers is “an officer applying pressure to a wound on her leg.”
After his surgery, investigators interviewed the second victim (the first victim’s boyfriend). According to the police report, he stated that when they all arrived back at 74 Danvers Way, he approached the vehicle and opened the door to let [his girlfriend] out. He reportedly asked Rateree and Rios what they were doing, which is when Rios exited the vehicle and began to stab him. He stated that during the ensuing altercation, both Rateree and Rios had been stabbing him. He described the knife Rios had as an “open and shut knife,” a folding knife.
Upon Rateree’s release from Cape Cod Hospital, he was taken into custody and booked for Kidnapping, two counts of A&B with a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Assault with Intent to Murder.
Rios was unable to be immediately released from CCH after undergoing a procedure for the lacerations to both his hands. Police contacted him during his hospital stay and advised hims that the he was being charged with Kidnapping, two counts of A&B with a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Assault with Intent to Murder.
As you will see in the following HN Video, Rios was eventually released from CCH and taken straight to his arraignment today at Barnstable District Court. The following HN Video shows both Rateree and Rios being arraigned today in Barnsable District Court…
* All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law…