Standoff on Ray St. in Ludlow caused delay at East Street School

Hampden County

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A standoff involving an alleged armed man at a Ludlow home caused a nearby school to delay its opening Thursday morning.

Ludlow Police Chief Valadas told 22News around 2:06 a.m. Thursday morning, officers went to a home on Ray Street for a report of an angry man destroying property. The man, identified as 52-year-old James R. Vasquez, was visibly hostile towards police and allegedly stated to officers that he was armed with a firearm.

A command post was created outside the home with assistance from Wilbraham Police and members of the Hampden County Special Response Team. Ray Street was closed for nearly five hours during the standoff.

After speaking to Vasquez for more than four hours, he was taken into custody without any incident. A search warrant was obtained to search his home shortly after. Inside the home, officers found a 9mm firearm, an assortment of knives and swords and a pellet gun.

Vasquez was charged for the following:

  • Threat to commit a crime (Domestic)
  • Assault on family/household member
  • Treat to use deadly weapon (firearm)
  • Vandalize Property

According to a message from Ludlow Public Schools Superintendent Lisa Nemeth, there was a two-hour delay and no morning preschool at the East Street School due to the situation.

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