State Police report 'random' assault at MGM Springfield, arrest made

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State Police say they've made an arrest in what appears to be a random assault at MGM Springfield over the weekend and the incident may be connected to 3 other attacks in the city.

Springfield resident Devon Williams, 27, has been arrested in connection with the assault and battery incident at the casino Sunday afternoon at around 4:40 p.m.

"Evidence suggests the assault was random," State Police representative, David Procopio told Western Mass News.

State Police also confirm the Springfield Police Department responded to 3 other incidents Sunday afternoon starting about an hour prior in which a male suspect assaulted 3 victims at Grenada Terrace, Sumner Avenue, and Kimberly Avenue.

We're told Williams used a Main Street entrance to enter MGM and allegedly without warning or provocation, assaulted a NY man who was left with serious injuries. The man was transported to Baysate Medical Center for treatment.

Procopio says an MGM security member spotted the license plate of the car in which the suspect fled the scene in. Once troopers were able to track that vehicle down, it took them a couple more hours to locate the suspect at an apartment on Chestnut Street.

The suspect, police say, is Williams and he was taken into custody at that apartment.

Williams was held on $100,000 cash bail and his arraignment was expected Monday.

Procopio says prosecutors were expected to seek a Dangerous Hearing to have him held.

The Springfield Police Department is continuing to investigate Williams' potential connection to the earlier assaults in the city, State Police say and police representative, Ryan Walsh confirms.

In a statement sent to Western Mass News, MGM Springfield representative Saverio Mancini released the following:

"MGM Springfield is cooperating fully with the Massachusetts Gaming Enforcement Unit in the investigation of this incident. The quick response of our Security officers and our comprehensive surveillance system played key roles in the identification of the suspect that led to his capture. We appreciate the quick work of the law enforcement community and will continue to work collaboratively with local law enforcement to maintain a secure environment, which is a foremost priority at all our resorts.”

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