Man gets probation for crow bar attack

A woman Jose Rodriguez was with at a Holyoke bar ditched him

WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) – A Holyoke man will be on probation for a year after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to six charges, which included assault and malicious destruction, and was placed on a year’s probation for each of the charges.

The six charges resulted from a violent outburst after a woman he was with at a Holyoke bar ditched him.

Officer Elijah Wolfe reports that the woman told him that the man, Jose Rodriguez, 26, of 429 Appleton St., Holyoke, became verbally abusive toward her while they were at the bar and she left when he went to the bathroom.

The woman told Wolfe that Rodriguez “tracked her down” and caught up to her while she was driving on East Mountain Road.

She said that he pulled his vehicle in front of hers and stopped quickly causing her to “back up quickly as she (was) afraid of injury that may have been sustained by Jose ramming her vehicle.”

She told Wolfe that the man “chased her through two yards with his vehicle and boxed her in the second yard” before he exited his vehicle carrying what she described as a crow bar “and smashed her windshield, driver’s side door and rear window with the crow bar before leaving the scene.”

Wolf found that Rodriguez’s license had been suspended and he was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license as well as two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and single charges of malicious destruction of property valued more than $250, malicious damage to a motor vehicle and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Rodriguez appeared before Judge Philip A. Contant in Westfield District Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to all six charges.
Contant imposed a year’s probation for each charge, ordered that he complete a batterer’s program, enjoined him from threats or violence toward the victim and assessed him $340. Contant also ordered that Rodriguez pay restitution of $300.

In a separate case, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a charge of violation of an abuse prevention order and was again placed on probation for a year. He was also assessed $50.

Media Credit: The Westfield News

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