A 21-year-old man is accused of threatening to kill a woman and fleeing from police in a car that crashed into an unmarked cruiser and nearly ran over a trooper in Springfield, police said.
Authorities announced on Friday that Massachusetts State Police, Springfield police, U.S. Marshals and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department worked together to locate and arrest Efrian Gonzalez on Wednesday.
The search for Gonzales began on Monday, police said, after they said he threatened to kill a woman and was believed to have a gun. Police searched for Gonzalez Monday and spotted a Nissan Altima, matching the description of the car linked to him.
Three people were in the car parked on Tyler Street in Springfield, police said. Gonzalez was sitting in the front passenger seat.
When the driver, Clebis Lebron, spotted police, authorities said, he put the car in reverse and drove into an unmarked state police cruiser. The car then drove forward onto a sidewalk and toward a Massachusetts State Police sergeant and almost ran him over, police said.
Lebron then drove along the sidewalk, between shrubbery, and side-swiped a box truck before merging back onto Tyler Street, police said.
Police found the car after it crashed into two more cars, authorities said, at the intersection of Tyler and Oaks streets. One of the drivers of the two cars that were struck was transported to Baystate Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Lebron and the other passenger, Shonnell Vargas, were found and arrested police said, but not Gonzalez.
Police said the car had been reported stolen and they found a box containing 55 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition inside it.
On Tuesday, Troopers saw Gonzalez at the corner of Quincy and Hancock Streets, police said. He was arrested without incident.
Police said they found in his jacket pocket a .22 caliber Iver-Johnson revolver with eight .22 caliber rounds.
Gonzalez, who has ties to the Chicopee area but no known permanent address, was charged on three warrants out of Chicopee District Court.
He faces new charges including firearm offenses. He was also charged with a count of violating an abuse prevention order because he contacted the victim during the booking process, police said.
Lebron was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of ammunition, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and other motor vehicle violations.
Vargas was charged with unlawful possession of ammunition and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.
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