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Police: ATV riders arrested for damaging school grounds in Holyoke

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Pictured: Andrew Bitro, Deyaliet Colon, Jean Velez-Gonzalez, Luis Lopez, Jr. (Image Courtesy: Holyoke PD) Pictured: Andrew Bitro, Deyaliet Colon, Jean Velez-Gonzalez, Luis Lopez, Jr. (Image Courtesy: Holyoke PD)
HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Four adults and one juvenile were arrested Monday afternoon by Holyoke Police for riding ATV's that caused damaged to school grounds at the Sullivan Elementary School.

Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert said when officers arrived to the school around 6:10 p.m. three ATV's were being driven on school property and damaged the school grounds.

Further investigation revealed the suspects transported the ATV's in a rented U-Haul truck which contained three handguns, ammunition, cocaine, and marijuana, according to Lt. Albert.

For those who live in the area, this news comes as a shock. 

"I saw two detectives and two police officers with a big U-Haul truck and two brand new 3-wheelers, something’s got to be going on here because this just doesn’t happen," said one Holyoke resident. 

The suspects were identified as a 14-year-old male, 21-year-old Jean Velez-Gonzalez, 23-year-old Andrew Brito, 18-year-old Deyaliet Colon all of Holyoke. 

Meanwhile, this is school vacation week for students at Sullivan Elementary.

Lt. Albert said all five were charged with the following:

  • Trespass
  • Possession of firearms w/out an FID Card or LTC (3 counts)
  • Real property with defaced serial number (one of the ATV)
  • Receiving stolen property (firearm)
  • Trafficking in cocaine (36-100 grams)
  •  Improper Storage of firearms
  • Possession of firearms ammo w/out an FID Card
  • School zone violation within 100 feet of a school
  • Illegal possession of a stun gun
  • Firearm used in a felony
  • Possession of a large capacity feeding device

The four adults who were arrested were arraigned in Holyoke District Court where they entered not guilty pleas and their cases were continued to next month. 

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