Police Sgt. John Delaney told us that shortly before 7:30 p.m. there were two armed robberies. One took place on Chester Street and one was on Clifton Avenue which is the same neighborhood off of Central Street. In each instance, a victim was held up at gun point, but not injured.
That’s when police were notified by each of the two victims that they had been robbed by 3 individuals driving in a Ford Expedition with a Connecticut license plate.
From their description police were able to spot the vehicle with the suspects inside at the Six Corners intersection in Springfield at 7:30 p.m., but they would not stop.
Sgt. Delaney says, “The chase tonight went from Springfield to Chicopee to Ludlow to Granby and then back to Chicopee.”
During this time ABC40 received a number of calls from residents who saw about two dozen police cruisers go by their homes.
Not only were Springfield Police trying to stop the vehicle, but so was State Police as well as officers from the other communities.
“Both Chicopee and Springfield police put spike strips down and that’s when the Ford Expedition hit the spike strips, disabling the vehicle. Two police cruisers were damaged after hitting the spike strips as well in the chase,” explains Delaney.
Officers on scene then noticed a gun being tossed out of the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, police were able to place the 3 suspects under arrest as they couldn’t go any further in their vehicle.
The gun was recovered in the woods by a K-9 unit and police also found marijuana packaged for sale inside the Ford Expedition.
Arrested was 19-year-old, John Matos of Springfield and 21-year-old, William Locker of Hartford CT. Sgt. Delaney says the third suspect arrested was a juvenile so they are not releasing this person’s identity.
No word on what charges these three will be facing.
The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate this incident.