SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – No bail for two men accused of firing multiple gunshots at a Springfield home, before leading police on a chase in which two officers were injured.
Jose Garcia, 35, of Chicopee, and Henry Quinones, 28, of Springfield, are facing multiple charges in connection to the alleged crime spree early Saturday morning. Both pleaded not guilty during their arraignment Monday afternoon in Springfield District Court. Judge Patrick Sabbs ordered both men held without the right to bail, and noted that Garcia was on probation at the time of his arrest.
Garcia faced the judge during proceedings, while Quinones hung his head throughout his arraignment.
Springfield Police Lt. Richard LaBelle told 22News that the series of crimes began at around 3:00 A.M. when multiple gunshots were fired at a home on Chapin Terrace in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood. Six bullets were fired into a nursery in which a baby normally slept (she was sleeping in another room at the time). Outside the house, a Jeep Grand Cherokee was set on fire.
LaBelle says that officers saw a car driving away from the area and police followed it- the driver going at high speeds through neighborhoods, and throwing items- believed to be guns- out of the vehicle as it crossed the North End Bridge.
LaBelle said that the driver went around the rotary and crossed the bridge again back into Springfield, and the chase did not end until the driver crashed into a police cruiser on East Columbus Avenue. Two officers received minor injuries.
Charges against Garcia and Quinones include discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, and property damage.