Attempted robbery suspects facing charges in Springfield and Westfield

21-year-old David Cruz & 28-year-old Hector Lauriano (Photo Courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police arrested three armed suspects early Monday morning after they say the two attempted to rob a “Gulf Express” station on Boston Road.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, around 2:00 a.m. Monday, Detective Angel Perez witness two masked suspects running from the gas station, and heading towards a blue Mazda on Breckwood Boulevard.

The clerk at the gas station told police that two Hispanic men, armed with a silver and black revolver, entered the station demanding money. Fortunately for the clerk, he was enclosed behind a booth where he cannot be harmed, so the two men ran away empty handed.

Sgt. Delaney said that around 2:24 a.m., police found the blue Mazda on fire on Seymour Avenue near Gerald Street. The two armed suspects and a third man were seen running from the fire.

K9 Officer Scott Stelzer and his partner “Blek” were able to catch up to one of the suspects, 21-year-old David Cruz of West Springfield, and place him under arrest. Sgt. Delaney said Cruz alleged that he was kidnapped, but police did not believe him.

Officer Stelzer and “Blek” were able to then find and arrest another suspect who was hiding under a pool deck down the street of the fire. The identity of this suspect is not being released due to the fact that he is a 17-years-old from West Springfield.

The third suspect was arrested near the corner of Breckwood Boulevard and Kay Street. Sgt. Delaney said 28-year-old Hector Lauriano of Agawam attempted to get away in a taxi cab. Police were able to stop him before getting away.

During the search for the three suspects police were able to find the silver and black revolver and the hooded sweatshirts that the suspects were wearing during the attempted robbery.

Sgt. Delaney said the clerk at the “Gulf Express” identified the gun, and the sweatshirts.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with:

  • Assault with Intent to Rob
  • Possession of Firearm for a felony
  • Carrying a Firearm
  • B&E Building (broke into a porch on Kay Street in an attempt to hide)

While investigating the attempted robbery on Boston Road, Springfield Police discovered that the suspects matched the distribution of three men who committed a hold up in Westfield on May 11th, around 11:17 p.m.

Westfield PD will be filing additional charges against the three men. Springfield PD and Westfield PD are working together on this case.

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