West Springfield Police: Man commits 2 attempted carjackings, home invasions while armed

Crime

A Springfield man had his bail revoked from a previous case after an alleged armed home invasion and attempted car jackings that closed a street in West Springfield for hours Sunday.

John LaRace had been out on personal recognizance for a previous case of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury.

A judge on Monday revoked that bail and set LaRace’s bail for Sunday’s alleged home invasions and assaults at $100,000 cash.

West Springfield Police said LaRace pistol whipped an Ohio Avenue resident Sunday morning around 10:00 a.m. while trying to break into his home. According to police, LaRace’s gun went off during the attack.

LaRace then went on to allegedly confront two people driving on the street, raising his gun, and threatening them in an attempted carjacking. The victims were able to drive away and call 911.

He then allegedly broke into another home still armed with his gun. The owner was able to get LaRace out of the house where officers arrested him.

Inside the two homes, officers allegedly found several unspent bullets, the butt plate of a handgun, a magazine spring, a handgun, a shell casing, a broken magazine clip, and items used to tie someone up.

LaRace is due back in court March 25th.

John LaRace is facing the following charges:

  • Armed assault to rob
  • Attempt to commit a crime
  • Armed home invasion
  • Carjacking while armed with a firearm
  • Two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon
  • Four counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon
  • Assault and battery
  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Possession of a firearm with defaced serial number in commission of a felony
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID card
  • Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling

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