Duo who pointed guns at Western MA police already out on bail

Where is the Commonwealth? How come two serious disbelievers who have already several other open files against them, getting out of jail on a ridiculously low bail after pointing assault rifles at law enforcement officers??? What am I forgetting here?

You can’t make this stuff up, my friends. On April 7, two men, Mario Salcedo, 24, and Joseph Cruz-Salcedo, 19, both of Springfield, allegedly pointed guns at police officers conducting a routine traffic stop. They are already back on the streets. The Hampden District Attorney would like to know why.

Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni via Facebook post wants to know the answer to a very good question. If the job of the courts is to keep people safe and to hold violent offenders accountable for their actions, then why would you set ‘surprisingly low bail’ for two men with histories of violent crimes to allow them to return to the streets and be a serious threat to the general public?

According to Gulluni, at around 10:15 p.m. on April 7, Springfield police officers, conducting a routine traffic stop near the intersection of High and School streets, noticed two men in front of a nearby building pointing assault rifles at police. and the driver. of the vehicle.

Next, according to Gulluni’s Facebook post:

As they pointed the guns, one individual shouted, “Come here, you’ll get splashed. Given the nature of the situation, being outnumbered and receiving an explicit threat, officers immediately called for reinforcements.

Backup arrived and the suspects were eventually secured and arrested. Now, it should be noted that once officers recovered the weapons, they learned they were air rifles. However, they have been designed and colored to look real.

Both men were arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of interfering with a police officer, one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of threatening to commit a felony. Cruz-Salcedo was also charged with resisting arrest.

Apparently, the district attorney’s office requested $50,000 bond and also filed motions to have bail removed for each defendant, both of whom had several serious cases pending. These motions were denied by the court and bail was set at $1,000 for both men. They are due back in court in June.

For more on the story and more from DA Gulluni on his thoughts on the result, check out the Facebook post here.

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