Holyoke man in traffic stop charged with having loaded gun



Staff Writer
Published: 1/14/2020 4:26:49 PM

HOLYOKE — A city man was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail Tuesday after police, who increased patrols in the city following a recent string of shootings, found him with what they said was an unlawfully owned pistol.

Richard Marin, 27, pleaded not guilty in Holyoke District Court to charges of possession of a large-capacity firearm, possession of ammunition without an FID card, possession or carrying a loaded firearm, carrying/possession of a firearm without a license, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

According to a police report obtained through court documents, authorities saw Marin enter a car near Lyman and Pine streets at 5:55 p.m. Monday. A special agent with the FBI Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force who was traveling with city police and members of other agencies had observed Marin during his past duties and was aware of his association with the car. Officers believed Marin did not have a driver’s license.

Officers followed Marin down Dwight Street from Pine Street, where he eventually turned onto Maple Street. Marin allegedly drove down Maple Street at “an excessive speed,” swerving in and out of the marked lane just south of Sargeant Street before eventually being stopped by police.

Marin was the only person inside the car and told officers he did not have a license, police said. As he stepped from his car, Marin reportedly told police he was carrying a gun. According to police, Marin had a Springfield Armory XD9 9 mm semiautomatic pistol in his waistband.  The gun’s 15-round magazine was reportedly found fully loaded, along with an additional round chambered in the gun’s barrel.

A National Crime Information Center check found that the gun was not stolen or registered in Massachusetts, according to police. A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives trace of the gun will be conducted.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Peter Gallucci requested Marin be held on $25,000 cash bail. Marin’s defense attorney, Joe Harty, requested the bail to remain at $500 cash bail citing financial hardship — an amount that Marin had posted after his arrest. 

“I would suggest that $25,000 is excessive, judge, that’s outrageous,” Harty said, saying Marin had “nearly no record whatsoever … This is a civil traffic stop for swerving … there’s no violence, nothing along those lines, judge.”

Judge William P. Hadley instead set Marin’s bail at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety “taking into consideration the penalties he faces.” Marin is due back in court on Feb. 13.

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

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