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Crime Files: Alex Padilla

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A tedious fight between a couple results in a woman being thrown from a moving car.

What’s more, it happened in broad daylight and in front of several witnesses.

35 year-old Alex Padilla’s been running from police since February, when a petty fight with his then-girlfriend at Cumberland Farms on Carew Street got completely out-of-control.

“…and they got into an argument when they were about to pump gas about who was going to be the one to pump the gas. She couldn’t get out of the passenger side door so she had to climb over him,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

Police say Padilla and the victim then began arguing over who will drive. That disagreement escalated into fighting.

Delaney adds, “There was an argument about who was going to drive the car at that time – guess he had enough of it – put the car in drive and as he was driving out of the gas station parking lot. It was witnessed by people there too. He shoved her out of the car and proceeded to hit her with the car door as he was driving out.”

Police arrive on scene and they say the victim was injured, lying on the pavement.

While giving her statement, she suddenly alerted the officers to something.

“‘There goes my car!’ and sure enough, Alex Padilla was driving by the scene,” Delaney says.

Police follow Padilla to this gas station on Liberty Street where he’s arrested, and police discover that he has no driver’s license.

Padilla made bail, but never showed up for his hearing.

Police say he’s wanted on several charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Springfield Police are happy to report that, thanks to Crime Files and you at home sending in tips, several recent arrests have been made including:

  • 20-year-old Jesus Rivera, who was accused of firing shots off with an unlicensed weapon.
  • Luz Rivera, who was arrested on prostitution charges
  • 30-year-old Levi Jefferson, who allegedly attacked his pregnant girlfriend.

Police are still on the hunt for:

  • Jaylen Davis, who is wanted for a brutal attack on his roomates, injuring them with a knife.
  • Lawrence Coppedge, wanted for dealing drugs in a school zone.

If you have on Davis, Coppedge, or Padilla, you are urged to contact Springfield Police by calling (413) 787-6355 or ‘Text-A-Tip.’ You can send your message to CRIMES (274637), and in the message, type SOLVE and your tip.

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