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Two Facing Gun-Related Charges Following Crash in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two people are facing several gun-related charges following a minor accident over the weekend in Springfield.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 3 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the area of 81 Dickinson Street after reports came in that a woman with blonde hair and a “glittery skirt” was firing a gun into the air.

When police arrived, they located a Lexus sedan with front end damage heading up Dickinson Street. Officers pulled the car over and found a man and a woman, who was wearing a skirt similar to the description provided witnesses, in the car.

Delaney explains that the Lexus sedan had been involved earlier in a minor accident and the woman wearing the skirt reportedly “took a handgun from the car and started to fire it in the air in a rage” following the collision.

The other car involved in the crash then fled the scene.

Police say that investigators determined that the man in the car allegedly took the woman’s handgun a short time before police arrived and hid it in some bushes, while officers questioned witnesses and the woman.

A 9 mm. semi-automatic handgun, that was among 56 guns reportedly stolen from Camfour Inc., was recovered and both the man and woman were placed under arrest.

Jessica Velazquez, 32, of Springfield and Samuel Oquendo, 29, of Holyoke are both facing charges including carrying a firearm without a license, receiving stolen property (handgun), discharging a firearm, possession of ammunition, and possession of a large capacity firearm.

Arraignments are scheduled for Monday in Springfield District Court.

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