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Springfield Carjackers Unknowingly Picked Plainclothes Detective’s Car, Police Say

April 2, 2024

Two Springfield men were arrested after police say they tried to carjack an unmarked police cruiser being driven by a plainclothes detective.

The detective, whom police didn’t name, was investigating in the area of Reed Street in Springfield at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 29 when “he heard a tapping on his front passenger window and saw a firearm pointed directly at him,” Springfield police said in a written statement.

A second suspect “surrounded the unmarked cruiser,” according to police.

The detective drove off and informed other detectives about the attempted carjacking, police said.

Police found the man who pointed the gun at the detective with an unidentified gun “loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition,” according to the press release.

Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno threw down a gauntlet for state judges over the incident, according to the press release:


Now this incident shows just how brazen and stupid these violent offenders are that they would carjack an SPD detective’s car! Our brave and dedicated officers could have been injured or God forbid worst by this blatant ambush. What message will some of our judges and court system send? Will they keep them behind bars, or will they continue to embolden and empower them to commit more crimes against our residents/businesses and police officers?! – the pendulum needs to swing back to law and order.


Police identified the suspects as Dannie Abrew, 20, and Devin Abrew, 19. Both were charged with attempted armed carjacking with a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.

The incident was reported by on Tuesday, April 2.

Springfield, the largest city in western Massachusetts, has about 155,000 people. It’s the third largest city in Massachusetts. Its per capita income is among the lowest in the state.


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