SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — The parking lot outside of an apartment complex at 405 Franklin Street is well-marked and the message is clear — park here without a permit and you can expect to get a ticket.
But police say one night last August, 36-year-old Alexander Melendez must have thought he was above the law.
“Mr. Melendez had his motorcycle parked here in one of the parking spots — it didn’t belong here and the security officers put a warning tag on it that you can’t park here anymore,” says Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
Some people fight parking tickets, some simply admit wrong-doing and pay the fine. But that night, Springfield Police say Melendez had a different idea.
“He went into a rage, waking everybody up here, the police had to be called and while the police were coming over here, the security officers came over to try to quiet him down,” says Delaney. “He didn’t want to have anything to do with these security officers, yelled at them swore at them, he got on his motorcycle, revved it and drove at them where they had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit.”
When responding officers arrived at the apartment complex, Melendez tried to downplay the incident, claiming he simply walked his bike off the lot. However, the apartment complex had a security camera running and police were able to take Melendez into custody.
“They arrested him for assault by means of a motorcycle — two counts for both security officers,” says Delaney. “And the motorcycle was unregistered, uninsured, unlicensed and he was attaching improper plates.”
But, Melendez defaulted and now police are actively looking for him.
If you know where Alexander Melendez is, call the Springfield Police Department or text an anonymous tip to C-R-I-M-E-S.