Holyoke Police Chief James Neiswanger praises his officers for getting Brian Marrero off the street. “It was on Wednesday afternoon that Reynaldo Diaz and his 5-year-old son were shot on Lyman Street. Police say that suspect Brian Marrero has an extensive criminal history.
“This gentleman is a menace to society. The only place he belongs is behind bars,” Chief Neiswanger said.
While police couldn’t get into detail about Marrero’s criminal history, Chief Neiswanger did shed some light on why Marrero wasn’t already locked up. “It takes time to build cases, and some of those cases are better than others, and that’s the reality of it,”
Marrero is charged with two counts of assault & battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and possession a firearm without an FID card.
Cheif Neiswanger also added that here weren’t any shootings in Holyoke at all this year until Wednesday. “In 2012 we’ve had 6 people shot; in 2011 we had a dozen. So the numbers are going in the direction that we want them to, but the reality is, we don’t want anybody shot in the city of Holyoke,” he said.
The chief chalks the decline up to more community policing, mobile policing units, and an overall increased presence.
Reynaldo Diaz was treated and released from the hospital, while his 5-year-old son is still recovering from gunshot wounds to his knee.
Marrero is being held on $100,000 bail.
He will be arraigned on Monday.