5 Holyoke residents facing trespassing, gun, drug charges after ATV school disturbance


Five Holyoke residents are facing more than 10 charges each, relating to trespassing, guns, and drugs, after police say they drove ATV’s on a Jarvis Avenue school property Monday.

Lieutenant Jim Albert of the Holyoke Police Department told 22News 21-year-old Jean Velez-Gonzalez, 23-year-old Andrew Brito, 25-year-old Luis Lopez Jr., 18-year-old Deyaliet Colon, and a 14-year-old boy, all of Holyoke, are facing the following charges:

  • Trespassing
  • Three counts of possession of firearms without an FID card or license to carry
  • Real property with a defaced serial number (one of the ATV)
  • Receiving stolen property (firearm)
  • Trafficking in cocaine 36-100 grams
  • Improper storage of firearms
  • Possession of firearms ammo without an FID card
  • School zone violation within 100 feet of a school
  • Illegal possession of a stun gun
  • Firearm used in a felony
  • Possession of a large capacity feeding device

Lt. Albert said officers responded to the Sullivan Elementary School at 400 Jarvis Avenue for a complaint of ATV’s operating on the school property around 6:10 p.m.

That was when responding officers say they noticed three ATV’s operating in the area and damage to the school’s grounds. Lt. Albert said one ATV got away, but the officers were able to stop two.

Lt. Albert explained that the suspects had transported the ATV’s to the school using a rented U-Haul truck. Lt. Albert added that officers also found the following in the rented truck:  

  • A Smith & Wesson 9 MM semi-automatic handgun
  • A Smith & Wesson .38 revolver – stolen out of Georgia in April 2014
  • A Raven Arms .25 cal semi-automatic handgun
  • Related ammunition
  • 40 grams of cocaine
  • Several bags of marijuana

The four adults arrested will be arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Tuesday, April 17. The unidentified 14-year-old will be processed through the juvenile court system as appropriate.

No further details were available.

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