SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) – Police say 38-year-old David Pinard’s neighbors consider him to be the neighborhood bully. In May he physically assaulted his elderly and disabled tenant – a continuing altercation which brought police officers to Pinard’s home on Fountain Street 4 times in one night.
“There was a disagreement between the two, some kind of bad blood.” Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney says.
Police say they received a distress call that night from the tenant; a 67-year-old man who had been renting a room from Pinard for 9 months. The man was disabled with a serious back problem. He told police Pinard had been bullying him to the point of threats and even assault. Police say Pinard was not cooperative upon their arrival.
“The first time they came Pinard had a pitbull he wouldn’t let go of that kept jumping at the officers. He was yelling at them to get out and he was swearing.” Sgt. Delaney describes. “The fourth time they came to the house, the tenant was standing in the front yard with just his cellphone.”
The tenant told police Pinard had physically kicked him out of the house (all his belongings still inside) and told him to sleep outside on the porch, locking the door behind him. Refusing to allow officers in, police began arranging to enter the home through a window. Noticing what was going on, Pinard took action.
“He crawled across the floor commando style, opened the door and began fighting the officers on the front lawn.” Sgt. Delaney says.
Pinard was arrested immediately. Police say he appeared for his arraignment but skipped his hearing. They believe Pinard is still in Western Mass. He’s wanted on several charges including assault and battery on a person over the age of 65.
If you know where David Pinard is text a tip to C-R-I-M-E-S or contact the Springfield Police Dept.