SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield police have arrested a group of men who allegedly claimed to be gang members who “killed cops,” in an attempt to steal an off-duty corrections officer’s sunglasses.
Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Jose Tirado, 32, and Joel Erazo-Molina, 28, both of Hartford, and Jorge Torres, 29, of East Hartford, were all arrested on a charge of armed assault with intent to rob following the incident, which happened just before 2:00 Monday morning.
According to Delaney, the victim had been pumping gas at the Pride station at 1211 East Columbus Avenue, when two cars came up to him. There were a total of five people in the two vehicles.
The victim told police that three of men said they were members of the “Bloods” gang, and that they “killed cops”. Delaney says the men pointed to their waistbands to suggest that they were armed, threatened the victim’s life, and demanded that he hand over his sunglasses.
The five drove away, however, without the victim having surrendered his sunglasses. The victim, a corrections officer in Hartford, called police and gave them a description of the suspects and their vehicles.
Almost immediately after a notice to be on the lookout for the vehicles was sent out, two patrolling officers quickly found them, and pulled them over near the corner of Dwight and Hillman Streets. The victim identified them as the people who had tried to rob him, Delaney says.
In addition to the assault charge, Erazo-Molina faces additional charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
A fourth man, Marcos Rodriguez, 32, of Hartford, was arrested for driving without a license.