William Smith, Darrell Baldwin, Tavares Washington pled not guilty to stripping Hadley home of plumbing.
BELCHERTOWN — Three Springfield men pleaded not guilty Monday in Eastern Hampshire District Court to charges that they stripped a Hadley home of its plumbing before fleeing the homeowner and leading police on a nearly five-hour manhunt.
William Smith, 50, Darrell A. Baldwin, 42, and Tavares Washington, 38, were arrested Friday on charges of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, larceny over $250 and defacing real or personal property.
The three posted cash bail of $100, $500 and $250 respectively. They are due back in court for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 22.
According to court documents, the trio forced their way into a Hockanum Road residence through a bulkhead, destroying its door and leaving it detached from the home’s foundation.
Once inside, the three men allegedly stripped the home of its plumbing, as well as its copper wiring, while stealing other metal items collected from around the property. A plumber estimated the damage in materials alone around $800, court documents said.
The three men were leaving the residence in a truck when the homeowner returned. Upon seeing them, the homeowner blocked the driveway, preventing their escape. Baldwin and Washington fled into the woods, court documents said, leading to a manhunt involving Amherst, Hadley, South Hadley and state police, as well as Department of Conservation and Recreation park rangers. They were seen nearly five hours later getting on a bus in South Hadley and subsequently arrested.
Smith never fled the Hockanum Road home and was arrested on the scene.