Springfield man arrested for kidnapping, robbery and leading police on multi-town chase

Crime

A Springfield man is accused of kidnapping among other charges and leading police on a multi-town chase Thursday morning.

Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News officers arrested 59-year-old Angel Navarro after a victim called police to report a man pulling a knife on him and robbing him of some cash at the gas station at 501 Sumner Avenue.

Navarro allegedly entered the victim’s car and threatened to stab him if he didn’t drive to get more money. Walsh said the victim began to drive and at some point, he jumped out of his own vehicle and ran off. Navarro hopped in the driver’s seat and drove away.

Springfield Police located the car near Whittier Street and Longfellow Terrace shortly after the incident was reported. Two police cruisers attempted to stop the vehicle but Navarro failed to stop, driving at 55mph on Sumner Avenue to Allen Street and then into the town of Hampden.

From Hamden, Walsh said Navarro continued into Somers, Connecticut and then returned to East Longmeadow and Longmeadow before returning to Springfield on Dwight Road.

Eventually, the officers were able to stop the vehicle near 100 Dwight Rd., due to a flat tire.

Navarro allegedly struggled with the officers when they attempted to take him into custody shortly after 1 a.m. Navarro is facing the following charges:

  • Armed carjacking
  • Kidnapping
  • Armed robbery
  • Failure to stop for police
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license
  • Possession of a Class E drug

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