Edwin Perez, the 24-year-old man state police say threw a baby to the ground to avoid being taken into custody, was walked into court Wednesday, facing multiple charges.
State police said they responded to witness reports of Perez showing a gun in the North End of Springfield.
When their cruiser pulled up, Perez ran off, but not before allegedly injuring a baby that he had been holding in his lap.
"Upon exiting their cruisers the defendant appeared startled, jumped up, threw the infant to the ground and began running from the officers," said prosecutors in Springfield District Court.
State police chased him down, during that chase they said he pulled a gun from his waistband. They said it took a violent struggle to cuff him and arrest him.
Other troopers stayed with the baby until Springfield EMS arrived.
The baby was taken to Mercy Medical and treated for minor injuries.
Perez's gun, a loaded 9 mm, was stolen from Hartford, CT.
Police said successfully getting Perez into custody and getting that gun off the streets is due to the work state and Springfield police are doing in the North End with a special C-3 anti-gang task force.
"Through the hard work of just engaging the community, last night the gang task force was able to develop information from a concerned citizen that a subject was carrying a handgun in the street," said Lt. Michael Domnarski of the Massachusetts State Police.
Perez was held on $25,000 bail and faces charges including:
State police are also pursuing charges for assault and battery on the baby.
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