Four Connecticut men were arrested in Springfield, Massachusetts early this morning, accused of threatening a Hartford correction officer.
The correction officer was pumping gasoline at the Pride Gas Station, located at 1211 East Columbus Ave. in Springfield, just before 2 a.m. on Monday when two vehicles approached, according to Springfield police.
There were five people in the two cars, but three were the aggressors who told the correction officer that they were Blood gang members, implied that they had weapons, and said that they ‘kill cops," according to police.
The men demanded the officer’s sunglasses but left after a few moments without them.
The Hartford correction officer contacted Springfield police and provided them with a detailed description of the vehicles and people involved.
Local police arrested the three suspected aggressors around 2:20 a.m. after the victim identified them.
Jose Tirado, 32, of Hartford, was charged with armed assault to rob; Joel Erazo-Molina, 28, of Hartford, was charged with armed assault to rob, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest; and Jorge Torres, 29, of East Hartford, was charged with armed assault to rob.
Police said Marcos Rodriguez, 32, of Hartford, was charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.