SPRINGFIELD MA Sept 13 2017 -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a Springfield police officer for his alleged role in a reported assault and robbery last month outside the Eastfield Mall, according to sources.
The warrant names officer Daniel Cintron as a participant in an Aug. 20 dispute outside the mall in which three people reported being roughed up, and one of them reported having his cellphone taken, according to sources close to the investigation.
Reached for comment, James Leydon, spokesman for Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni, confirmed a warrant has been issued for Cintron, 28, and another man involved in the incident, Matthew Mattoon, 31, of Springfield.
A warrant was issued for Cintron and Mattoon on Monday afternoon charging each with one count of unarmed robbery, three counts of assault and battery and four counts of witness intimidation.
Leydon said neither has been arrested.
Cintron is expected to surrender to authorities at the Hampden County Hall of Justice on Tuesday morning, sources say.
Leydon said Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri has suspended Cintron for five days without pay, effective immediately. The punishment is the maximum amount the commissioner can levy as a punishment prior to any department discipline hearing.
Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said he was unaware of the warrant or the incident behind it.
Multiple sources familiar with the case said that Cintron and Mattoon are alleged to have confronted the three people outside the mall, accusing one of them of sending inappropriate text messages to a female relative of Mattoon.
During the altercation, one of the three was reportedly punched multiple times and had his phone taken. Several threats were also directed at the three people.
The entire incident is said to have been witnessed by Eastfield Mall security and recorded by mall security cameras. Witnesses also jotted down the license plate number of a vehicle that left the scene, and the plate was traced back to Cintron, sources said.
Though Cintron was off duty at the time of the incident, the complaint charges that he displayed his Springfield police badge and that it was partially covered up to conceal the badge number as a way of hiding his identity.
Gregg Bigda declined to testify in a gun case in Hampden Superior Court on May 24, asserting his Fifth Amendment rights.
Police launched an internal investigation and a separate criminal investigation immediately after a complaint was filed. The investigation was handled jointly by the Springfield police and staff with Gulluni's office.
Cintron was appointed a Springfield police officer on Oct. 30, 2014. Prior to his suspension, he had been assigned to the midnight to 8 a.m. shift.