Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News 39-year-old Felix Joel Reyes-Olivencia was taken into custody during a traffic stop just before 1:00 a.m.
Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News Reyes-Olivencia was wanted for the murder of 46-year-old Larry Lewis. Lewis was shot on Waldorf Street on August 25 and died at the hospital later that day.
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Wilk said it was learned Reyes-Olivencia had an active Springfield arrest warrant for murder after a patrol officer looked up the license plate of a car parked illegally in a handicapped spot outside a store on Memorial Drive. Additional officers were called in and Reyes-Olivencia was pulled over after leaving the parking spot.
A Palmer Police Dog allegedly found pills and clear plastic bags in the car's center console and a white powder believed to be cocaine in Diaz's possession.
Reyes-Olivencia faces charges of murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and distribution of a Class E drug. Diaz is charged with possession of a Class B drug in addition to her warrant.
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CHICOPEE – Police, checking out a vehicle illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot at the CVS on Memorial Drive early Wednesday, arrested the driver after determining he was wanted for a homicide in Springfield.
Arrested on a warrant for murder and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building was Felix Joel Reyes-Olivencia, 39, of 11 Penrose St., Springfield.
Ryan Walsh, spokesman for Springfield police, said Reyes-Olivencia is wanted for the Aug. 25 shooting death of 46-year-old Springfield resident Larry Lewis in the Pine Point neighborhood.
Police arrested the suspect after he began to drive away from the CVS, Michael Wilk, public information officer for the department, said.
Officer Steven Sawyer spotted a gray Nissan parked in the handicapped spot shortly before 1 a.m. Sawyer performed an inquiry on the plate and learned the driver was wanted for murder.
The suspect began to drive away. Police were able to stop the vehicle, however, and confirm he was the subject of the warrant.
Police, with assistance from a Palmer K-9 officer and his partner, found pills and clear plastic bags in the center console. The dog hit on the backseat, trunk and sub-woofer area, however no items were found.
Reyes-Olivencia was also charged with distribution of a Class E drug. Diaz was also charged with possession of cocaine.
Lewis was fatally shot on Waldorf Street at about 2:40 a.m. and taken to Baystate Medical Center. His death was the citys 12th homicide of the year.