Springfield man arrested on gun, motor vehicle charges

Loaded .38 caliber revolver seized from car driven by Manuel Torres, Springfield police say

Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A cracked windshield ultimately led Springfield police to the discovery of a loaded revolver Wednesday evening.

Manuel Torres. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Manuel Torres, 19, of Springfield is now facing gun and motor vehicle charges following the traffic stop in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood.

Delaney says that officers with the South C3 police unit were patrolling in the Keith Street area at around 5:15 P.M., when they saw a Cadillac SRX with a cracked windshield go by. The officers ran the car’s license plate, and determined that it had failed inspection.

Police pulled over the driver, later identified as Torres, on nearby Hall Street. Delaney says Torres then got out of the SUV, and was “acting in a suspicious manner.”

During their investigation, Delaney says that the officers found a loaded .38 caliber handgun on the floor of the SUV. Torres was arrested, and is facing the following charges:

  • Carrying a loaded firearm
  • Improper storage of a firearm
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license
  • Driving with a failed motor vehicle inspection sticker
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a cracked windshield