SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Police Department was busy over the weekend with the arrests of three men, including an alleged car thief and a suspect who officers say is a known gang member.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney sent 22News a briefing of this past weekend’s arrests of three men, from April 26th, Saturday night to April 28th, Monday morning. Two of the men are now facing gun charges.
The first arrest came around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, when Officers Mike Goggin, JB Stern, Richard Goodreau and K9 Officers Raul Gonzalez were called to a report of shots fired in the Indian Orchard section of the city.
After an investigation and a foot pursuit, officers arrested 20-year-old Justin Webber of Springfield, who was allegedly seen in the area, holding a handgun. Delaney says that Webber is a known gang member, and was arrested at gunpoint.
Sgt. Delaney said that the gun was a Ruger .380 handgun that was loaded and had recently been fired. The gun was reported stolen in Westfield on December 06, 2012.
Nobody was reported injured during the shooting, and nobody in the area wanted to cooperate with police, said Sgt. Delaney.
Justin Webber faces the following charges:
- Carrying a Firearm
- Possession of Ammo
- Receiving Stolen Firearm
- Possession of a High capacity Feeding Device
- Discharging a Firearm
Then around 1:00 Monday morning, Officers Matt Benoit and David Ramos responded to a report of a stolen 1197 Honda Civic at 115 Dwight Street in Springfield. The car had a New York registration.
Sgt. Scott Richard was patrolling on Boston Road near Harvey Street when he found and pulled over the car. Sgt. Delaney said that the driver, 29-year-old Carlos Rico-Gonzalez of Springfield, was arrested quickly.
Sgt. Delaney said that after an investigation, police determined that Rico-Gonzalez used a “bump key,” or Master Key, to steal the car. A “bump key” is illegal and often used in the theft of older model Hondas.
Carlos Rico-Gonzalez will be charged with the following:
- Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
- Possession of a Master Key
- Possession of Burglarious Instruments
Officers searched Rico-Gonzalez and he had tools to break into cars. Sgt. Delaney said, the Auto Theft Squad is investigating a rash of thefts involving later model Hondas, and that this investigation is ongoing.
The third arrest came around 2:45 a.m. Monday, when Officers Daniel Billingsley and Chad Joseph were on patrol in the Mason Square area when they saw a Hyundai with a Connecticut registration speeding down State Street.
Sgt. Delaney said the officers chased and cornered the driver, and approached 30-year-old Jason Patterson of Springfield. He says Patterson resisted arrest and fought with police before being placed under arrest.
The officers found a handgun on Patterson and, heroin, cocaine and marijuana, all packaged for sale, inside the car and $682 in cash in his pockets, said Sgt. Delaney. Officers discovered that Patterson had a revoked license.
Jason Patterson faces the following charges:
- Stop Sign Violation
- A&B ON a Police Officer
- Possession of a Loaded Firearm
- Carry a Firearm
- Possession of Heroin, Cocaine and Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
- Suspended License
- Resisting Arrest
Patterson has been arrested in the past by the SPD for drug and weapons charges.
Justin Webber, Jason Patterson, and Carlos Rico-Gonzalez were all arraigned in Springfield District Court on Monday.