SPD SVU Investigation Leads to the Arrest of a Rape Suspect; Firearms, Heroin Located in Subsequent Search

Springfield, Mass. — Two Springfield Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) investigations under the direction of Captain Trent Duda and Sgt. Karen Simmons led to the arrest of 24-year-old Neftali Marcial-Matias on Tuesday.   SVU Detectives Gloria Guerrero and Luishka Mendez-Vasquez had two separate investigations into Marcial-Matias in which they requested and were granted arrest warrants on rape, kidnapping and other charges.

On Tuesday April 26th at approximately 10:30 a.m. members of the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit, Massachusetts State Police VFAS, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department and United States Marshals Task Force arrested Marcial-Matias inside a home on the 0-100 block of Genesee Street.

While placing Marcial-Matias into custody Detectives observed half-packs of heroin and a firearm magazine in plain sight.  At this time Detectives applied for and were issued a search warrant for the home.  In the early afternoon, Detectives executed the search warrant and located a Ghost Gun, a second firearm which was reported stolen out of Connecticut, approximately 80 rounds of ammunition, nine half-packs of heroin (approximately 450 bags), approximately 52 individual bags of heroin, and the firearm magazine.

Marcial-Matias has prior convictions for assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) and possession with the intent to distribute a Class B Drug.  He additionally has an open firearms case pending in Springfield District Court.

24-year-old Neftali Marcial-Matias of Springfield is charged with:

  • Arrest Warrant
  • Rape
  • Threat to Commit a Crime
  • Assault & Battery
  • Arrest Warrant
  • Kidnapping
  • Threat to Commit a Crime
  • Strangulation or Suffocation
  • Witness Intimidation
  • Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $1200
  • Assault & Battery
  • Default Warrant
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug
  • Firearm Violation with 2 Prior Violent/Drug Crimes
  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony (Two Counts)
  • Possession of a Firearm without a FID Card (Two Counts)
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm (Two Counts)
  • Receiving Stolen Property Less than $1200
  • Possession of a High Capacity Magazine/Feeding Device
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug