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Two People Under Arrest Following Weekend Search near South End Bridge

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AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – Agawam Police have announced that a search Sunday night near the South End Bridge ended with two people being taken into custody.

Around 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Agawam Police Lt. Eric Gillis says that two people wanted on outstanding warrants, Stephanie Gay and Jason Cote, were seen near the bridge.

Officers were able to quickly get Gay into custody, but Cote fled on foot.

State Police sent out a helicopter and K-9 unit to assist in the search for Cote.

Gillis notes that about three hours later, Cote was arrested near 418 Meadow Street.

One Agawam police officer suffered a foot injury during the chase for Cote. That officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to Baystate Medical Center, treated, and released.

Several viewers contacted ABC40 about the search, one saying police advised her to stay inside her house.

However, Gillis stresses that “there was no concern that citizens were at risk during the time that Cote was being sought,” adding that the outstanding warrants were for non-violent crimes and that Agawam Police don’t believe that Cote didn’t pose a risk to the public.

The warrants for which he was being sought were the product of non-violent crimes, and as such this agency believed that he did not pose a risk to the public at large.

Cote and Gay were both arraigned Monday in Westfield District Court on their outstanding warrants. Cote is also facing an additional charge of resisting arrest.


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