Springfield murder suspects arrested in Florida arraigned Friday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two homicide suspects were arraigned in Springfield District Court Friday after being extradited from Florida.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Hampden County DA Spokesperson Jim Leydon, Fernando Massey and Quamel Batchelor are being held without the right to bail.

The two men were arrested in Florida in connection with a murder on February 24 on Main Street in Springfield. Both suspects have waived rendition and were escorted back to Massachusetts by two Springfield Police Detectives along with two Massachusetts State Troopers on Thursday.

According to Springfield Police spokesman Ryan Walsh, on February 26, homicide detectives applied for and were granted arrest warrants for Fernando Massey and Quamel Batchelor on murder charges. An investigation showed that both men were involved in the murder of 18-year-old Robert Crochiere on Main Street in Springfield on February 24.

According to Walsh, on Friday, May 7, Massey and Batchelor were both arrested while exiting a hotel room in Orlando, Florida on fugitive from justice warrants. They were taken to the Orange County (FL) Correctional Facility.

According to Hampden District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon, officers were called to the area of Main and Locust Streets around 2:30 a.m. February 24 where they located Crochiere suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers provided aid to the victim until an ambulance arrived. He was then taken to Baystate Medical Center where he later died.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Middle District of Florida assisted with the arrest. The Springfield Police Homicide Unit and Hampden District Attorney’s Office Murder Unit are still investigating.

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