At approximately 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday October 6th Springfield Police Officers observed an individual riding on the hood of a moving car and a second individual sitting on the roof from the sun-roof, while a third individual was leaning out of the passenger side window recording their actions on a phone.
Officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Street and Wendell Place as members of the C3 North End Unit under the direction of Lt. Julio Toledo arrived to assist. While officers were explaining to the driver, identified as Felix Martinez, that the car was not properly registered Martinez pushed an officer in the chest and began to run away. Officers were able to catch up to Martinez and place him into custody.
Inside the car, officers recovered a loaded large capacity firearm inside the jacket that Martinez took off when he got out of the car. The firearm was loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. Officers also seized approximately 15 ounces of marijuana.
Detectives arrested Mr. Martinez on firearms charges in March and that case remains open in Hampden Superior Court.
20 year old Felix Martinez of Springfield is charged with:
• Carrying a Loaded Large Capacity Firearm without a License
• Carrying a Firearm without a License
• Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm
• Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
• Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
• Resisting Arrest
• Attaching Improper Plates to a Motor Vehicle
• Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
• Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
• No License in Possession
• Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug
These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.