SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A suspect who allegedly held a gun to the head of a pregnant woman was quickly arrested following his unsuccessful attempt to rob her, Springfield police say.
Tavar J. Jones, 24, of Springfield is facing several charges connected with the incident Monday morning on Allen Street in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood.
Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that around 8:00 A.M., the victim, a 19 year-old who is five months pregnant, called 9-1-1 to say that a man had tried to rob her. She told police that she was walking down Allen Street near the intersection of Hunt Street, when a dark-skinned man with a red hooded sweatshirt and a dark backpack approached her, pulled out a gun, held it to her temple, and demanded all of her money.
The victim told her attacker that she didn’t have any money, and that she was pregnant. He ran away empty-handed.
About 15 minutes later, Delaney says police found Jones, who matched the description given by the victim, near the beginning of Allen Street at the Watershops. Delaney says that the suspect was carrying a loaded .22 caliber revolver, as well as three packets of cocaine in his backpack.
The victim identified Jones as her attacker, Delaney said.
He is being charged with armed assault with intent to rob, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, and possession of cocaine, as well as gun and ammunition charges. He will be arraigned in Springfield District Court.
Delaney says that Jones has been arrested by city police in the past, and is known to them.