Springfield Police: Robbery Victim Bites Suspect
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield man is under arrest after he allegedly stole a woman’s necklace Wednesday night.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, a 52-year-old woman called to report that she was assaulted and robbed.
The victim told police that as she was walking down Pearl Street towards Chestnut Street, a man came up from behind her, covered her mouth, and stole her gold necklace.
Delaney adds that the victim reported that while the suspect had his over her mouth, “she was able to bite his hand.”
Following the theft of the necklace, the suspect then reportedly took off toward Mattoon Street.
About 45 minutes later, the person matching the suspect’s description was spotted near Mattoon Street and officers approached, that man took off running.
After a short pursuit, Delaney says police were able to capture that suspect, whom the victim was reportedly able to identify, near 115 Chestnut Street.
George Gonzalez, 23, of Springfield, is facing charges of unarmed robbery, assault and battery, and resisting arrest.
Delaney notes that the necklace was found in Gonzalez’s pocket and pictures were taken of the bite mark, which he explains is “fantastic evidence.”
Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Springfield District Court.