Springfield, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield man faces multiple charges after police say he beat and robbed a 21 year-old parking lot attendant of more than six hundred dollars that had been collected from parking fees.
25 year-old, Michael Molina of 85 School Street in Springfield faces charges including unarmed robbery, assault and battery, resisting arrest, giving a false name to a police officer, and possession of cocaine.
The incident occurred at 12:08 p.m. Wednesday.
Sgt. John Delaney reports that the attendant was working at the Knights of Columbus lake front at 1207 Page Blvd. when he was approached by Molina from behind demanding that he give him all the money in the blue bag collected from parking fees.
The attendant denied his request and stood up gripping the bag tighter. Police say Molina then rushed and jumped on him and began punching him about the face and body until he lost control of the bag. Molina then grabbed the bag and took off running towards a wooded area.
The attendant chased after him and grabbed his shirt ripping it off. A few hundred yards later though, he gave up and called 911.
Later, officers were able to capture and arrest Molina after witnesses reported seeing him with no shirt running east bound toward CJ’s towing and then hiding in a green shed on Michon Street.
When arrested Molina gave the officers a false name of Carlos Rodriguez. His true identity became known after his fingerprints were checked.
The more than six hundred dollars stolen in parking fees has been recovered.
Sgt. Delaney says Molina will be held over the holiday until arraigned in Springfield District Court tomorrow July 5th.