Man chased visitors out with circular saw, police say

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have arrested a man who they say threatened people inside his apartment with two different kinds of weapons, one conventional and one not-so-conventional.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Calvin Vasquez, 23, of Springfield allegedly lunged at people who were inside his Allen Street apartment with a running circular saw, and also threatened them with a gun.

According to Delaney, police were called to 341 Allen Street around 10:30 Sunday night, where they found a distraught woman who said there was a fight going on in her daughter’s apartment, and that her daughter’s boyfriend (Vasquez) was armed with a handgun.

Delaney says that the woman told police Vasquez was upset and wanted everyone who didn’t live in the apartment to leave, so he went into a bedroom and took out a circular saw. He put the battery pack into the saw, and turned it on; lunging at people and chasing them out.

The officers found Vasquez in the driveway trying to get away, so Delaney says the officers drew their weapons for their safety, and the suspect surrendered without incident.

According to Delaney, police spoke with the other people that were in the apartment at the time, and they gave them the same story as the woman with whom the officers had initially spoken.

Police recovered a .380 semi-automatic handgun, as well as a Ryobi circular saw. Delaney says that it is not exactly clear what motivated the incident.

Vasquez faces four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and a single count each of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and improper storage of a firearm.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court.

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