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Search called off for dangerous suspect who eluded police in Old Deerfield

  • Police search for a man who fled State troopers after a traffic stop on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Mill Village and Stillwater roads in Deerfield. The man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Police search for a man who fled State troopers after a traffic stop on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Mill Village and Stillwater roads in Deerfield. The man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • A State Police helicopter searches for a man who fled State troopers after a traffic stop on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Mill Village and Stillwater roads in Deerfield. The man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • A State Police helicopter searches for a man who fled State troopers after a traffic stop on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Mill Village and Stillwater roads in Deerfield. The man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Sunday, October 15, 2017

DEERFIELD — State Police, and Deerfield and Northampton police have discontinued their search for a person who fled a traffic stop early this morning and is believed to be dangerous.

At 3:30 p.m., the Deerfield Police Department posted an update to their Facebook page saying a Deerfield resident saw a person matching the suspect’s description get into a vehicle and leave the area.

Public Information Officer for Deerfield Police Adam Sokoloski said because police received that information, they believe the subject is likely out of the area. He said no one in Deerfield was injured and they received no reports that any homes or sheds were broken into. 

Early morning contact

A State Police trooper pulled the person over at about 2:40 a.m. on I-91 in Deerfield, but the motorist fled and jumped into the Deerfield River, according to State Police. Police believed he was near the area between I-91 and Mill Village Road. The man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder, and police are asking the public to avoid the area. State Police said they ended the search around 2:30 p.m., and the subject is still not in custody.

State Police described the suspect as a black man, 5-foot-seven, wearing a black sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

Deerfield Police had sent Code Red recorded messages to residents, recommending residents to lock their doors.

Earlier in the day, the man jumped into the river and officers searched for about three hours without finding him. Police received a call around 7 a.m. about a man matching the description of the suspect walking in the breakdown lane going south on I-91.

Police continued their search late Sunday morning, and with the aid of Northampton Police operating a drone, spotted a possible suspect in a cornfield in the Mill Village Road area. Stillwater Road was closed because of the search. State Police said at about 10:30 that they had saturated the area with officers, but the corn is thick and they had yet to locate anyone. State Police did not give the man’s name out of concern that associates of the man would come to his aid. 

Multiple local police departments assisted the State Police with the search.

Reach Miranda Davis at 413-772-0261, ext. 280 or mdavis@recorder.com.