Suspect arrested after armed robbery in a Springfield cemetery

The victim flagged down a passing police cruiser

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested an armed robbery suspect after searching a cemetery, Thursday night, near the Massachusetts State Police barracks in Springfield.

Springfield Police Captain Robert Strempek told 22News, “The victim flagged down a passing cruiser, and said the robber had a gun.” The alleged robbery took place around 8:44 p.m. Thursday at the St. Benedict Cemetery, at 600 Liberty Street.

The robbery was first reported as a purse-snatching, but that turned out not to be the case, according to Captain Strempek, who provided updated information to 22News.

“The victim said he was robbed of $40 and a bag of weed,” Strempek said.  “The victim said the robber had a gun, but no gun was found.”

Police arrested a 19-year-old Springfield man after searching the cemetery, but they have not yet publicly identified the suspect. The victim was not hurt.