SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have arrested two men they say assaulted and robbed a homeless man twice early this morning.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that just after midnight Wednesday, officers were called towards the area of Main and State Streets after a 33-year-old homeless man reported that he was assaulted and robbed by two men while sitting on a bench along the riverfront.
The victim told officers that one of the men showed a knife and the pair stole the victim’s shoes, backpack, and some other personal items, before fleeing the park.
Even though the victim declined to file a complaint, Delaney notes that officers still responded to the area to look for the suspects.
The victim left the area and headed toward Gridiron Street when he was reportedly jumped again by the same two men, and they allegedly told the victim to not call the police again.
Officers found the suspects a short time later at a nearby gas station and Delaney says that after the victim identified the two as his assailants, officers took 17-year-old Anthony Rivera and 17-year-old Jonathan Cotto, both of Springfield, into custody.
Rivera and Cotto are both being charged with armed robbery, two counts of assault and battery, intimidating a witness.
Delaney adds that Rivera has several outstanding default warrants for breaking and entering and carrying burglarious instruments.
Investigators are also working to determine if the men are connected to a incident that occurred around 1:00 a.m. Monday along the Riverfront. In that incident, a 57-year-old man reported being beaten up and robbed by three men.
Both men are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.