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Police Arrest Suspect in Pistol Whipping, Robbery of ATM Customer


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield man is facing a list of charges after he allegedly robbed and pistol whipped a man at an ATM, after he had tried robbing his own mother.

Around 1:20 Thursday morning, a 45-year-old man from Enfield, Conn. was using an ATM at East Columbus Boulevard and Mill Street.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that while that man was parked at the ATM, he heard a loud bang on one of his car windows.

Delaney adds that when the man turned to look, he saw another man, identified as 27-year-old John Rivera, outside the car, holding a handgun which he had used to smash out the driver’s side window.

Rivera then allegedly pistol whipped the victim in the face and robbed the man of his wallet, cell phone, and some prescription pills.

The victim was able to then drive to Springfield Police headquarters on Pearl street to report the incident and provide a description to officers.

A couple hours later, an officer on patrol on Island Pond Road when he spotted Rivera leaving an ATM. That officer stopped Rivera and took him into custody.

Delaney notes that during a search of Rivera, they found the items stolen during the earlier incident.

Rivera is being charged with malicious damage of a motor vehicle, three counts of receiving stolen property, and armed robbery.

Investigators also found, according to Delaney, that Rivera allegedly assaulted his mother and a male friend of hers around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday when he tried to rob her and smashed the windshield of her car. He is facing two counts of domestic assault and battery on that incident.

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