Holyoke PD arrest four city residents in gun incidents

  • Gabriel Lebron, 29, of Holyoke. HOLYOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Evidence from Gabriel Lebron’s arrest. HOLYOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Darren Rivera, 21, of Holyoke. HOLYOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Daeshawn Jones, 19, of Holyoke. HOLYOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Evidence from Darren Rivera’s arrest. HOLYOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 5/21/2020 12:30:25 PM
Modified: 5/21/2020 12:30:15 PM

HOLYOKE — Police in the city had a busy night on Wednesday, arresting multiple residents on charges including possession of drugs, illegally carrying a loaded firearm and disorderly conduct.

Three adults were arrested and a teenager was charged in two incidents that involved city, state and federal law enforcement, according to Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert.

In the first incident, authorities stopped a car at 5:15 p.m. as part of an investigation regarding a handgun at Hamilton and South East streets and two occupants fled on foot, according to Albert. One of the suspects, a 17-year-old boy, was stopped by police a short distance away after a brief foot chase. He was charged with disorderly conduct, possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin but was released to his mother after being booked pending further court action, Albert said.

Aided by the Easthampton Police Department’s K9 unit, a search of the area for the second suspect or a handgun was inconclusive, police said. But Albert said that within minutes, the second suspect was located in a different car on Sargeant Street. After a brief pursuit, the car was stopped at Linden and Appleton streets, he said.

Gabriel Lebron, 29, of Holyoke, was arrested by police and allegedly possessed a fully loaded Ruger .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol with a defaced serial number, Albert said, as well as a small quantity of heroin, marijuana, suboxone strips and prescription pills. A 6-month-old girl and two adult females were also located with Lebron in the car, Albert said. Police have notified the state Department of Children and Families to conduct a follow-up investigation.

Lebron was arrested for six outstanding warrants, possession of a firearm without a license, possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of suboxone, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, failure to stop for police, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle. He was held at the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow until further processing by Holyoke District Court, Albert said.

Police recover handgun, arrest two men

Various local, state and federal authorities responded to the area of Franklin and Walnut streets at 6:30 p.m. for a report regarding a handgun that was “being passed between several subjects,” according to Albert.

Arriving officers found four people, Albert said, and as one began to move away from police he was stopped at gunpoint. Albert said the person who was stopped, later identified as Darren Rivera, 21, of Holyoke, submitted to the officers and allegedly stated that a gun was in his pocket. Officers reportedly recovered a fully-loaded Jiminez 9 mm semi-automatic pistol from Rivera, according to Albert.

Rivera was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card and carrying a loaded firearm without a license. He was transported to the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow for further processing, Albert said. Also arrested at the scene was Daeshawn Jones, 19, of Holyoke, for disorderly conduct, according to police.

Involved in both incidents were Holyoke Police Department patrol units, members of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Unit, the FBI’s Western Mass Gang Task Force, task force members from the U.S. Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives and members of the Massachusetts State Police “Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team – West,” police said.

Shell casing investigation

Police are also investigating spent shell casings found on the ground near Dwight and Linden streets Wednesday.

Albert said detectives responded to the area at 6:45 p.m. for a report of “shell casings on the ground.”

Officers found 14 empty 9 mm shell casings in the street, Albert said. There were no reports of gunfire at that time in the area, he said. Police are conducting a follow-up investigation.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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