WORCESTER – On Saturday afternoon, a 22-year-old Worcester man tried fighting off Worcester Police officers in an attempt to keep an illegal, stolen handgun.
Around 4 PM, WPD officers were called to Preston St. for a report of a vehicle being intentionally damaged. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male with gray pants and a black jacket. When the officers arrived to Preston St., they saw the damaged vehicle’s windshield was smashed and two tires were flat.
The officers identified the suspect – 22-year-old Jonathan Cortes of Preston St. – and told him he was under arrest. Cortes pushed one of the officers and tried to get away on foot. Officers were able to grab him, but Cortes elbowed an officer in the face and reached for his waistband.
A black handgun fell from Cortes’ pants and an officer recovered it. Cortes continued to violently resist arrest. A crowd of 15 people gathered around and began shouting “Get off him” and “Yaou’re hurting him” to police. An officer sprayed Cortes with pepper spray to control Cortes, who was placed in handcuffs.
Cortes doesn’t have a license to carry a firearm and the handgun he had on him was loaded with no safety. A check on the gun revealed it was stolen out of Manchester.
Cortes is charged with Defacement of Property, three counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, three counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (gun), Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, Unlawful Carrying of a Dangerous Weapon, Disturbing the Peace while Armed, Loaded Firearm Violation, Possession of a Firearm without an LTC, Possession of Ammunition without an FID card, and Receiving Stolen Property.
He was arraigned in Worcester District Court on Monday.