Three Conn. men arrested after citizen tips off police to alleged theft in Holyoke

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Published: 11/9/2021 1:32:51 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke and Massachusetts State Police arrested three Connecticut men Monday on firearms and other charges related to the alleged theft of a catalytic converter.

According to Holyoke Police, a resident of the Beaudoin Village housing complex contacted police at around 6:45 a.m. about a suspicious person crawling out from under a neighbor’s vehicle with what appeared to be a catalytic converter. Police said officers received a description of a vehicle used in the incident and tracked it down at Old Jarvis and Easthampton roads.

The vehicle, which police reported was operating negligently, crashed off to the side of Easthampton Road and three men ran from the scene. Police searched the vehicle and found a Glock 19 firearm.

One suspect, William Reyes, 29, of Hartford, Connecticut, was arrested at the scene by Holyoke police. State troopers helped pursue the other two men, also of Hartford, and two K-9 teams were involved in the search, Police Capt. Matthew Moriarty said in a statement.

Johquan Angol, 26, was arrested at the University Park Apartments and located behind a dumpster. The third suspect, Daniel Angol, 24, was located on Beech Street and arrested.

All three men face charges of receiving stolen property, possession of burglarious instruments, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of a firearm during a felony, large capacity firearm in a vehicle, and possession of ammunition without a FID, or firearms identification card. Reyes was also charged with failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of property damage.

In a statement, Moriarty praised the citizen who reported the tip to police.

“The Holyoke Police Department would like to acknowledge the fact that due to the alert citizen and the information they provided three criminals were apprehended and taken off the streets of Holyoke,” he said. “We at the Holyoke Police Department are very grateful for the relationship we have with many of our citizens.”


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