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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



For the Bulletin
Thursday, October 19, 2017

DEERFIELD — State Police and Deerfield and Northampton police have discontinued their search for a man who fled a traffic stop on I-91 early Sunday morning and is believed to be dangerous.

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

As a result, Deerfield Police spokesman Adam Sokoloski said, police believe the suspect likely has left the area. He said no one in Deerfield was injured and police received no reports that any homes or sheds were broken into. 

Early morning contact

After State Police conducted a vehicle stop on I-91 at about 2:40 a.m., the motorist fled and jumped into the Deerfield River, according to police. Police said the man has an active warrant for his arrest out of Springfield on a charge of assault with intent to murder.

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.

Acting on the belief he would be somewhere in the area between I-91 and Mill Village Road, police alerted the public via Code Red recorded messages, recommending that residents lock their doors and asking people to avoid the area.

State Police described the man as 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a black sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.

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. The search was ended around 2:30 p.m. without success.

State Police did not give the man’s name out of concern that his associates would come to his aid.

Multiple local police departments assisted State Police with the search.