Ludlow Police Arrest Local Man on Multiple Gun Charges

Ludlow Police Arrest Local Man on Multiple Gun Charges

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Chief Daniel Valadas reports that the Ludlow Police Department arrested and charged a local man with multiple firearms offenses following a disturbance on Bristol Street on Saturday, June 29.

JOAO C. AFONSO, 44, OF LUDLOW, was arrested and charged with:

  • Carrying a firearm without a permit (crime)
  • Possession of a large capacity power supply device (crime)
  • Possession of ammunition without an identity card
  • Possession of a firearm with an altered serial number (felony)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest (two counts)

He was arraigned July 1 in Palmer County District Court and released on bail.

Shortly after 8 p.m., several people called 911 to report a disturbance involving a man yelling and screaming near a parked vehicle on Bristol Street. Multiple officers responded to the scene and located the man, later identified as AFONESOUpon investigation, officers located an unloaded firearm, a high-capacity magazine and ammunition on the suspect.

Because Afonso was in an excited state that could pose a danger to himself and others, officers called for an ambulance. Ludlow Fire Department transported him to a local hospital for evaluation. After being released from Baystate Health, he was taken back to the Ludlow Police Department for arraignment.

“The Ludlow police officers involved in this case demonstrated exceptional police work by quickly responding to the disturbance and safely recovering an illegally possessed firearm,” said Chief Valadas. “In today’s environment, the treatment of armed individuals is a growing concern. Our priority is always the safety and well-being of our community, and we are committed to meeting these challenges head on to ensure the safety of all.”