A joint investigation by Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Police, and a US Marshals Task Force resulted in the capture this morning of a suspect wanted for assaulting and raping one ex-girlfriend and for kidnapping and assaulting a second ex-girlfriend.

Following the suspect’s arrest, Troopers from the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Officers from the Springfield Police Warrant Apprehension and Firearms Units, US Marshals Task Force Officers, and members of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at the 39 Genesee St. apartment where the suspect was found. They seized two guns, ammunition, and a large quantity of heroin.

The target, NEFTALI MARCIAL, 24, was wanted on two arrest warrants obtained by Springfield Police. The first stemmed from MARCIAL physically assaulting and raping a former girlfriend on Feb. 6 of this year. The second warrant, involving a different former girlfriend, stemmed from MARCIAL locking that victim in his basement against her will and physically abusing her for approximately two weeks. State and local police and members of the task force attempted to locate MARCIAL at several addresses of interest with negative results.

This morning (April 26, 2022), investigators developed information that MARCIAL was in the area of 39 Genesee St. Troopers, Officers, and Task Force members went to that address, located MARCIAL sleeping in a first-floor bedroom, and took him into custody.

While apprehending MARCIAL, the arrest team observed narcotics and a firearm magazine in plain view.  They secured the apartment and applied for a search warrant, which was granted. The subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the discovery of two firearms, one of them with an extended magazine, ammunition, and a large amount of heroin. MARCIAL will be charged with new firearm, ammunition, and narcotics offenses related to the seizures.

He is additionally charged, in the first warrant, for domestic assault and battery and threats to commit a crime, and in the second warrant, with kidnapping, strangulation/suffocation, domestic assault and battery, threats to commit a crime, malicious destruction of property, and intimidation of a witness.