UPDATE – Thurs. May 9: Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that tips from viewers led to Ashwell’s arrest Thursday morning. Ashwell is no longer being sought by police.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — 55-year-old Keith Ashwell is no stranger to the Springfield Police Department. They say he’s been arraigned more than 50 times since turning 18.
Ashwell’s latest charge comes from the early morning hours of April 19, 2013 at a home on McKnight Street, where police say he was spending time with his 36-year-old girlfriend.
“They were inside the house together and then had a verbal altercation,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney. “The verbal altercation then became physical, where Ashwell grabbed his girlfriend and punched her several times in the face.”
Police say Ashwell then picked up a weapon they rarely see on the streets of Springfield — a samurai sword.
“The victim had to grab the blade in order to get stopped from being struck by samurai sword and as a result of that, she received a pretty severe laceration under her armpit,” says Delaney.
Police say she was able to run to a friends house on Willard Avenue, where they tried to patch up the wound. But the cuts were too deep, so they took her to Baystate Medical Center.
“A few days later, after she was released from the hospital, she came to the Special Victim’s Unit — those guys do a great job there — they took a statement, took pictures, and we’ve got a warrant now for Mr. Ashwell,” says Delaney.
If you know Ashwell’s whereabouts, call the Springfield Police Department or text an anonymous tip to C-R-I-M-E-S.