Springfield PD: Assault suspect threatened to murder cop


Three people are facing assault charges after they allegedly assaulted a woman Tuesday night in Springfield.  

According to Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh, police were called to Oak Street at 8:10 p.m. for a report of an assault.  

When officers got to Oak Street, Walsh said they found a woman who claimed a man, who was later identified as 32-year-old Guillermo Ortiz of Springfield, had tried to run her over with a car.  

Walsh said the woman claimed after she avoided being hit by the car, two women, who were later identified as 23-year-old Frances Figueroa and 27-year-old Jennifer Stepus, got out of the car and attacked her with Ortiz also joining in the attack.  

The victim was able to get away by swinging and hitting one of the women with the butt of a knife.  

When the three were arrested, officers allegedly found PCP on Stepus and Ortiz. Walsh said when Ortiz got to the police station, he made statements such as “Once I get bail I’m going to commit a homicide,” and “I hope you cops wear bulletproof vests.” 

According to Walsh, the woman who was attacked knew Ortiz, Figueroa, and Stepus. 

Both Figueroa and Stepus are charged with assault and battery, while Figueroa and Ortiz are both charged with possession of a Class B drug.  

Ortiz is facing the following additional charges:  

  • two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon  
  • two counts of threat to commit a crime 
  • possession of a Class B drug 
  • unregistered motor vehicle 
  • uninsured motor vehicle 
  • operating on a revoked license 
  • attached plates

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