Springfield Man Struggles with Trooper; Arrested for Illegally Possessing a Firearm in Charlton

On Monday morning, Trooper Joel Daoust stopped a 2004 Toyota Sienna on I-90 Eastbound in Charlton for motor vehicle violations after a motorist reported this vehicle to be operating erratically.

After brief conversation with the driver, and only occupant, who was identified as JONATHAN O. ROMERO, 22, of Springfield, it was learned that ROMERO was operating with a learner’s permit only. As ROMERO was being detained, he attempted to pull away from Trooper Daoust, while reaching for his waistband. After a very brief struggle, ROMERO was placed into handcuffs and placed under arrest. A loaded SCCY CPX-2 9mm handgun was found in ROMERO’s waistband. ROMERO is not licensed to carry firearms.

ROMERO was subsequently transported to the State Police Charlton Barracks for booking.

ROMERO was charged with the following:
1.            Improper operation of a motor vehicle;
2.            Unsafe lane change;
3.            State Highway Violation (Following Too Close);
4.            Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle;
5.            Improper storage of a firearm;
6.            Possession/Carrying a firearm without a license;
7.            Possession of a firearm without FID card;
8.            Possession of ammunition without FID card;
9.            Carrying a loaded firearm; and
10.          Resisting arrest.

ROMERO was scheduled to appear in Dudley District Court on Tuesday morning.

No further information is available. Do not contact the barracks directly.