Police: Man with 5-page arrest record being held without bail on gun charge

Three people were arrested during a traffic stop on Bristol Street in Springfield.

Courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Wilbraham Police said a man is being held without bail following his second gun-related arrest within a year.

Police said 20-year-old Tahj McCormick pleaded not guilty to carrying a firearm without a license in Springfield District Court Thursday.

McCormick was arrested following a traffic stop in Springfield October 26. The driver of the car, 20-year-old Tan’ea Bess and another passenger Daquan Jefferson were also arrested.

Left to right: Daquan Jefferson, Tan'ea Bess, and Tahj McCormick, courtesy of the Springfield Police Department
Left to right: Daquan Jefferson, Tan’ea Bess, and Tahj McCormick, courtesy of the Springfield Police Department

During the stop, Police said they found a Taurus .380 caliber handgun in the back pocket of the driver’s seat.

Springfield Police: 3 arrested in possession of unregistered handgun

Police said Assistant District Attorney Cary Szafranski asked for a $15,000 bail for each of the three arrested. Szafranski also requested that McCormick’s bail on an illegal gun charge and related case from 2015 be revoked.

“He has a five-page arrest record despite being only 20-years-old,” Szanfranski said.

Police said Defense lawyer Jeffrey Peck opposed revoking McCormick’s release and asked for $5,000 bail on the new charges.

Ultimately, police said the judge set bail at $15,000 for each defendant and revoked McCormick’s bail in both cases. He was ordered to spend 90 days in jail.

McCormick, Bess and Jefferson are scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing November 29.