SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have arrested a woman who allegedly began firing a stolen gun after she became enraged over a minor car accident early Sunday morning. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Jessica D. Velazquez, 32, of Springfield, and Samuel P. Oquendo, 29, of Holyoke, are facing several weapons charges following the incident in the Forest Park neighborhood around 3:00 A.M.
Delaney says that several police officers were called to the area of 81 Dickinson Street on a report of a blonde Hispanic woman wearing a “glittery skirt” who was firing a gun into the air. Once there, officers stopped a Lexus sedan with front-end damage that was moving up Dickinson Street. Inside the car were Oquendo and Velazquez, who Delaney says was wearing a glittery skirt.
After speaking with witnesses, Delaney says that they learned the Lexus was one of two cars involved in a “fender bender.” Upset by the accident, Velazquez allegedly began firing the 9mm semi-automatic into the air. Alarmed, the other driver then left the area.
Delaney says investigators determined Oquendo had taken Velazquez’s gun before the police got there, and then tried to hide it in the bushes as officers were talking to her and to witnesses. Police were able to find the gun, which turned out to be one of 56 guns stolen from Camfour Inc. in Westfield back on June 14.
Both Velazquez and Oquendo are charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, discharging a firearm, receiving stolen property (the handgun), possession of ammunition, and possession of a large-capacity firearm. Both suspects were held over the weekend prior to arraignment Monday in Springfield District Court.