SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Information from cooperative witnesses led Springfield police to quickly arrest two suspects in a shooting of a 19 year-old woman early Monday evening.
Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that Tarrell S. Dewbury, 26, of Springfield, and Jacques "Jack" Toles, 22, of Springfield, are the suspects in the shooting, which happened near the corner of Bay Street and Berkshire Avenue.
Delaney says witnesses told police that the victim and others were standing at the corner waiting for the 5:15 bus, when two men approached the group, and one of them pulled out a gun and fired; hitting the victim in the thigh.
After receiving a call about shots fired in the area, Delaney says the victim was found on the steps of 312 Berkshire Avenue. Police gave her first aid, and she was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Meanwhile, several witnesses in the area gave police a full description of the men who shot the woman, and told them the suspects were seen running into 29 William Sands, Jr. Rd; Toles' apartment.
Police surrounded the apartment, and arrested Dewbury and Toles, who Delaney says witnesses then confirmed to be the suspects.
"The public and witnesses were outstanding in this arrest. Without their cooperation and assistance, this arrest might not have been made, and two armed and dangerous suspects could still be out on the street," Delaney said in a statement sent to 22News.
Dewbury and Toles are facing several charges, including assault by means of a firearm, assault with intent to murder, intimidating a witness, and firearms charges. Inside a closet in Toles' apartment, Delaney says police found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was identified as the weapon used in the shooting.
The victim had been involved in an early argument which police were called to at Toles' apartment earlier in the afternoon, Delaney says.