SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Police make an arrest in connection with a murder that happened last week.

The crime happened on the 900 block of Worthington Street in Springfield, but one of the suspects involved in the incident was found in Holyoke last night.

Last night investigators were granted a warrant for 50-year-old Angel Padilla and the arrest was made near Hampshire and High Streets.

Springfield Police would not comment on what caused the altercation or on the relationship between the two men.

Officials say that video evidence helped them track Padilla to Holyoke.

Police were able to provide an update on the homicide before a press conference to announce the addition of a new member to their police force.

While they didn't share too many details about the stabbing of Luis Fernandez, we were able to find more information about suspect Angel Padilla.

"Before we get started, just an update," stated Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh.

It was a last-minute and unrelated addition to a press conference held Friday morning at Springfield Police headquarters.

"Homicide unit has been investigating a murder from July 3 on Worthington Street," says Walsh.

The announcement that, just hours earlier, police arrested 50-year-old Angel Padilla in Holyoke for the deadly stabbing of Luis Fernandez.

"Our detectives have been working nonstop on these cases two weeks ago. There was two homicides. This was one of them. Due to the person's past known whereabouts, they contacted Holyoke Police in the area and they were able to pick him up," continued Walsh.

"[Is it true that there could be more pending arrests in this one particular case?] It's an ongoing homicide investigation, so there's always the potential yes," Walsh tells us.

Police wouldn't say much else, but Western Mass News did some digging on Padilla's prior record.

We found he's far from the repeat violent offender police say are frequently behind the city's homicides.

In Holyoke, court employees say Padilla was found guilty for a 2014 disorderly conduct situation where he interfered with a police dog.

In Springfield of 2008, Padilla was found guilty for a drug possession charge, and court paperwork says he was sentenced to nine months in a house of correction.

Ten years later, in 2018, that charge was dismissed with prejudice.

A lawyer in the clerk's office looked at the paperwork and says the timeline suggests Padilla's drug charge was one of thousands vacated over the Sonya Farak drug lab failure.

The mayor says these arrests are what the community wants.

"They want these people off our streets and out of our neighborhoods. No matter what background you come from, they want that, so we're going to continue to pursue that and we're going to continue to hunt these negative individuals down," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

It ties back to the reason for the press conference, keeping the city safe.

A new K9 unit was donated by the family of Cathleen Moriarty, a late Springfield woman, as her dying wish.

"When she got her diagnosis, she had the mantra of shamrocking on. Just knowing that it happened and that while she's gone, Moe's here to protect the city that she loved," Ellyn Moriarty, Cathleen's sister, tells us.

The addition of Moe brings the city's K9 unit to ten dogs, which, Springfield Police say, is the largest in western Mass.

Meantime, Springfield Police say the investigation into Fernandez's murder is ongoing.

Padilla was arraigned in Springfield District Court late Friday morning.

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