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Man wanted for attempted murder charges in Vermont arrested in Springfield

By Nick DeGray,

2023-05-30

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people were arrested in Springfield Monday evening, including one who was wanted for charges in connection with an attempted murder in Vermont last September.

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Springfield Police received a report of a gun on Franklin Street around 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Officers located 20-year-old Johnathan Nazario of Springfield on Columbia Terrace and 22-year-old Hennessy Matos of Wilbraham near the intersection of Tracy and Liberty Streets.

A discarded purse was located, containing more than $5,200 in cash, 14 grams of cocaine, marijuana and a loaded firearm. Both suspects were arrested.

Nazario was also wanted for several charges, including an attempted murder involving a firearm in Bennington, Vermont. According to the Bennington Banner , Nazario was wanted in connection with an alleged shooting caught on a doorbell camera in September 2022. Two other suspects were arrested in that incident.

Nazario has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card
  • Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number during the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug
  • Fugitive from Justice on a Court Warrant

Matos has also been charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card
  • Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number during the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug

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