Springfield Police Arrest Suspected Gang Member on Gun Charges
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Police say that a traffic stop has led to the arrest of a suspected gang member.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, officers were on-patrol in the area of Union Street – not far from where an 18-year-old was murdered on Monday – when they saw a vehicle “driving erratically and make an illegal U-turn in front of them.”
The car was also reportedly occupied by “known gang members,” Delaney adds.
The officers then pulled the car over on Hancock Street, during which a passenger in the back seat was allegedly trying to hid a firearm.
That person – identified as 23-year-old Malik Lowe of Springfield – was ordered out of the car and officers recovered a fully-loaded .25 caliber handgun.
Lowe is being charged with carrying a loaded firearm and possession of a firearm without a permit.
Police explain that they will remain vigilant and will continue patrols in the area.
“The Street Crime Unit and sector cars will pay special attention to this high crime aream making it very uncomfortable for known gang members to move. This was a great arrest getting a gang member and handgun off the streets,” Delaney says.