An employee at a homeless shelter in Lowell was stabbed to death this morning, allegedly by a teenage resident, authorities said.
Jose Roldan, 34, of Lowell, who worked at the Lowell Transitional Living Center, was attacked and later died of his injuries, the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Lowell police said in a statement.
Pericles Clergeau, 19, of Lowell has been charged with murder, the statement said.
‘‘This defendant is alleged to have attacked and killed one of the very people whose job it was to help him by serving his needs in a homeless shelter, at this time when so many are in dire need of shelter and life’s basics,’’ Leone said. ‘‘This is an extremely tragic and senseless incident and our thoughts are with the victim’s family.’’
According to Leone, police responded at about 10 a.m. to the shelter on Middlesex Street, where they found Roldan stabbed and Clergeau still holding a knife. Police subdued Clergeau and arrested him.
Roldan was airlifted to Brigham & Woman’s Hospital, where he died.
Clergeau was in an ‘‘agitated state,’’ and allegedly attacked Roldan as the worker tried to calm him down, Leone said.
Clergeau will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
Lowell and State Police assigned to the Middlesex district attorney’s office are investigating the stabbing.
The stabbing of the homeless shelter worker comes on the heels of the Jan. 20 slaying of 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton of Peabody, a counselor at the North Suffolk Mental Health facility in Revere. Deshawn James Chapell, a resident at the private mental health facility, is being held in connection with the slaying.
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