SPRINGFIELD MA Jan 22 2021— A 37-year-old Chicopee man is facing armed assault charges following a disturbance Tuesday night at the Boston Road Walmart, where he reportedly bit and slashed a security guard with a box cutter, police said.
Freddie Carrasquillo of East Main Street, Chicopee, is charged with armed robbery, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
Police were called to Walmart just before 10 p.m. for a reported disturbance, said department spokesman Ryan Walsh.
Store security reported that a security guard approached Carrasquillo because he suspected him of shoplifting. The two got into a fight during which Carrasquillo is said to have slashed the guard with a box cutter and bitten one of his hands.
Walsh said Carrasquillo fled in a stolen car that was eventually recovered on Oswego Street in the city’s South End. When he was apprehended a short time later on Maple Street, he had a box cutter in his jacket pocket.
When he was taken into custody and brought to the police station for booking, he reportedly refused to put on a mask and repeatedly coughed at officers.