Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS), after working throughout the night, this morning located and apprehended a Connecticut man who ran down two judicial marshals after fleeing from a Manchester, Ct., courthouse yesterday.
The MSP VFAS Troopers captured JOSE A. LOPEZ, 42, in a room at the Motel 6 on Johnny Cake Hollow Road in Chicopee, Mass. MSP VFAS Troopers made the arrest at approximately 5:20 a.m. today after developing information on LOPEZ’s whereabouts. Troopers from State Police-Springfield and Chicopee Police Officers assisted in the arrest.
MSP VFAS Troopers took LOPEZ into custody without incident and took him to the Chicopee Police Station for a courtesy booking, and then brought him to State Police-Springfield. Connecticut State Police were immediately notified of the arrest.
LOPEZ had been sought since Monday morning. The events that triggered the manhunt began when he appeared on his own recognizance in the Manchester, Ct., Superior Court for a hearing on a misdemeanor charge. At some point during the morning, LOPEZ, possibly fearing he was going to be held, fled the courthouse.
Upon fleeing from court LOPEZ got into a car he was using. Two judicial marshals chased him on foot. LOPEZ drove into the two marshals outside the courthouse and continued to flee in the vehicle. Both marshals were injured, one critically.
LOPEZ was known to have ties to the Springfield, Mass., area and MSP VFAS began assisting in the search yesterday. Troopers from MSP VFAS, the MSP Troop B Community Action Team, and the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County worked throughout the night checking multiple possible addresses where LOPEZ may have been hiding.
They did not locate the suspect overnight, but the search continued into this morning and led MSP VFAS to the Motel 6.
LOPEZ will be arraigned later today in Chicopee District Court as a fugitive. Prosecutors will make arrangements for his rendition to Connecticut.