Police find evidence in apartment owned by Hernandez
WRENTHAM, Mass. — Aaron Hernandez's home address was no secret after the media camped outside the massive house for days.
But police didn't know about his “flop house.”
A tip from a friend of the former New England Patriots tight end led authorities to the apartment about 11 miles away. Subsequent searches turned up boxes of ammunition and clothing that police believe could help prove the murder case against Hernandez, according to court documents.
The items were found June 26, the day Hernandez was arrested for allegedly orchestrating the death of Odin Lloyd, according to search warrant records filed in Wrentham court.
Hernandez's two-bedroom apartment, which went for $1,200 a month, was located in a three-story complex in Franklin, a few towns over from his North Attleborough house.
Police learned about it from Hernandez's friend, Carlos Ortiz. Prosecutors said Ortiz was with Hernandez and Ernest Wallace when they drove with Lloyd to an industrial park where Lloyd was shot. Police haven't said who shot Lloyd.
Ortiz, who lives in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn., since has been charged with carrying a firearm the day of the shooting. Wallace is charged with being an accessory after the fact. According to the documents, Bristol police interviewed Ortiz the day before Hernandez was arrested. He told them “Hernandez has another address that not many people know about,” and that he thought he'd left a cellphone there.
Police initially got the search warrant to look for Ortiz's phone. But as they spotted additional items in the apartment, they applied for additional warrants for the residence and for a Hummer parked outside.
In a bedroom, they found a white hooded sweatshirt, according to the documents. A cranberry-colored cap with a light-blue front panel and the word “society” spelled backward, was found on a kitchen table, the documents said.
Surveillance video showed Hernandez wearing a similar sweatshirt the night Lloyd was killed on June 17, the records said. And he was wearing “this same unique hat” in a picture shown on a local news station taken outside a nightclub June 14, the Friday before the killing, according to the documents.
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