WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was business as usual at the Riverdale Shops in West Springfield on Tuesday, one day after a police standoff where pipe bombs were found in a veteran’s pickup truck and home.
The incident closed Riverdale Street in both directions between Rave Cinemas and the McDonald’s, and the incident made people fear for their safety. Denise Tarabella, the manager of the Super Cuts at the Riverdale Shops, told 22News that it was a topic of conversation for the customers who did come in.
“I think everyone was curious and kind of nervous as to what was going on,” Tarabella explained. “We did hear the helicopters out there, but I wouldn’t say it impacted our business. We still seemed to be busy. Most people were coming in from Springfield.”
West Springfield Police arrested former marine Robert DeCouteau III. Police Chief Ronald Campurciani told 22News DeCouteau suffers from PTSD, and led police on a chase waving the pipe bombs out his pickup truck window during the pursuit. His wife called him and convinced him to pull over.
Another pipe bomb was found inside DeCoteau’s home in Russel on Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of bombs recovered to five. All were safely detonated.
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