MSP: Captured Domestic Violence Suspect Showed Signs of “Becoming More Violent”
Massachusetts State Police said the suspect even tried to contact the victim from the domestic violence case as he was being booked into jail.
Springfield, MA (WLNE) – A man wanted on domestic violence charges in Chicopee is now in custody in Springfield. Massachusetts State Police said he “had shown indications of becoming more violent”. Police said the man had made recent threats to kill the victim from the domestic violence case and even tried to contact the victim as he was being booked into jail.
MSP Troopers, along with the U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement, arrested 21-year-old Efrain Gonzalez on Tuesday, November 23.
Officers said they first spotted Gonzalez in Springfield on Monday, November 22, when they saw a car fitting the description of the suspect’s car. Three people were in the car. As officers got closer, they confirmed that Gonzalez was the front seat passenger. Police said the driver put the car in reverse and hit an MSP cruiser. Officers said the driver then went up on the sidewalk, barely missing a trooper, who had to jump out of the way. They said the car continued on the sidewalk until it crashed into two other cars on Tyler Street at Oak Street. The two other people in the car were caught and arrested; but Gonzalez was not immediately found. Police said they discovered a box with 55 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition in the vehicle. They also found that the car had been reported stolen.
The next morning, on Tuesday, November 23, officers received information that Gonzalez was in the Quincy Street area of Springfield. Police found him there and arrested him.
Gonzalez was already wanted on charges of “intimidation of a witness and trespassing”, “violation of an abuse prevention order and attempting to commit a crime”, and “violation of an abuse prevention order”. Those charges had been previously filed with Chicopee District Court. Gonzalez faces new charges related to the day of his arrest, including “unlawful possession of a firearm” and “unlawful carrying of a loaded firearm”. Police said Gonzalez is also charged with a new count of “violation of an abuse prevention order” because he tried to contact the victim as he was being booked into jail.
Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Police, a U.S. Marshals Service Task Force and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office worked together to apprehend Gonzalez.
In a statement released regarding the arrest, Massachusetts State Police passed along these resources for victims of domestic violence:
“If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available. SafeLink is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline and a resource for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. The number is 877-785-2020. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH), please dial 711. Advocates are bilingual in English and Spanish and have access to a service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages. Additionally, the National Domestic Violence Hotline offers assistance and safety planning 24/7, and can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), TTY 1-800-787-3224, or at www.thehotline.org.”