Police found 4 pipe bombs in truck on Route 5; suspect taken to hospital

The suspect’s wife convinced him to surrender

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield Police brought in Massachusetts State Police and federal explosives experts to secure and neutralize four pipe bombs they found in a distraught veteran’s pickup truck on Route 5, Monday afternoon.

Police arrested the former Marine after complaints from the Springfield Veteran Center, and a short police pursuit, during which West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campuciani said the driver waved the pipe bombs out the window of the pickup truck.

“This could of been much worse than, say the Boston Marathon, if he started lighting and dropping these all over the place.  Route 5, obviously, could’ve been a war zone,” said Chief Campuciani.

The Chief said the veteran also told investigators he had another home-made explosive device at his house in Russell. West Springfield Police Captain Daniel Spaulding told 22News the house was secured, and the Bomb Squad was on its way Monday night to investigate.

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The man’s wife had to speak with him over the phone during the standoff, and convince him to come out of the pickup truck. The Chief said the veteran was admitted to the hospital around 2:45 p.m., and was being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. There will be criminal charges brought, but it will take a few days to sort that out.

A section of Route 5 (Riverdale Street) was closed on both sides for several hours, between East Elm Street and Elm Street, during the investigation. There were several West Springfield and State Police cruisers in the area, and a State Police helicopter was flying overhead. Our 22News crew could see police wearing bulletproof vests and carrying long guns before the suspect was taken into custody.