Juan Rodriguez-Menier arrested for the X assault in Springfield

(photo courtesy Holyoke Police Department) 

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- An arrest has been made in connection with the assault of a driver at the 'X' in Springfield last month. 

Springfield Police were called to the intersection of Sumner Avenue and Belmont Avenue on July 5 for a report of an assault.  When they arrived, they found 38-year-old Sean Sullivan unresponsive on the ground.  He was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he remains in critical, but stable condition with severe head trauma.

Detectives found that a group of dirt bike riders had cut-off the victim's car.  A small collision between the vehicle and a dirt bike took place, followed by a verbal altercation.  The driver got out of his car, which is when the assault occurred.

As a result of the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for 23-year-old Juan Rodriguez-Menier of Holyoke on July 20.  After several attempts to locate him, Rodriguez-Menier was arrested Monday morning in Holyoke by members of the Springfield Police, Holyoke Police, U.S. Marshals, Mass. State Police, and the Hampden County Sheriff's Department. 

“Our Detectives continue to do an excellent job and in this case identified an individual responsible for this awful attack. Our Warrant Apprehension Unit and our regional partners did a fantastic job being able to locate this suspect under difficult circumstances. Investigations take time and effort and we got a positive result today due to the hard work of the women and men in the Springfield Police Department,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood in a statement.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno told Western Mass News he’s thrilled to see an arrest made in the case and hopes this sends a message to other violent illegal riders.

"I hope and pray the court system will take the appropriate actions against this individual and send a strong message to these illegal dirt bikers that there’s no room for you on the streets and neighborhoods of the city of Springfield, period," Sarno said.

Sarno is also is backing proposed legislation by State Senator Orlando Ramos that would ban gas sales to illegal riders at city pumps, which has been controversial among gas station owners and city council members.

Rodriguez-Menier is facing charges of armed assault to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury (shod foot).  He is expected to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court.

The incident remains under investigation.

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(1) comment

JCC

We will now see who's side these judges are on, if this perp walks on low bail , or isn't held with out bail we will now who ever the judge is has more empathy for the perps and laughs at the police and also the victim

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