Police find more evidence at Aaron Hernandez’s secret “flop house”
Search warrant records indicate that the police found several boxes of ammunition and items of clothing at the $1,200 per-month, two-bedroom, third story apartment being referred to as a “flop house”, which could help place Hernandez at the crime scene and establish his location before the killing.
Police stumbled across apartment after an associate of Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz informed the police that he left his cellphone at an apartment in Franklin, Mass., which not many people knew was rented by Hernandez. Police say that Ortiz was with Hernandez on the night of Lloyd’s death. Ortiz was arrested in Connecticut last week after the police issued a warrant against him. He is currently being held in police custody on weapons charges, while Hernandez faces first-degree murder and weapons charges in connection to the execution style shooting.
On the day that Hernandez was arrested, law enforcement officials searched the apartment and found 11 boxes of ammunition – including .22-, .45- and 7.62-caliber – a white hooded sweatshirt and a cranberry-colored baseball hat with the word ‘society’ written in light blue in the front, according to search warrant records at Wrentham District Court. Surveillance video of Hernandez’s North Attleborough home shows him wearing a similar sweatshirt on the night of Lloyds’ death, While a picture of him on a local news station taken outside a nightclub on June 14, the Friday before the killing, shows Hernandez wearing the cap as well.
“The white sweatshirt could be used to assist in linking Hernandez to the scene of the crime,” Trooper Michael Bates wrote in an affidavit in support of one of the search warrants.
“The baseball hat could help provide the whereabouts of Hernandez on the Friday night before the homicide,” he added. “This night in particular is a critical aspect in the timeline of events leading up to the homicide.”
The police also cited cocaine in a search warrant affidavit, according to court documents. Bates included in his request for a search warrant to search all persons at Aaron Hernandez’s apartment, starting: “the nature of the sale of Cocaine is such that the participants are constantly changing, Cocaine is commonly packaged in small plastic bags which are easily and likely concealed on one’s person(s).”
However, when the authorities were questioned about the reference of cocaine in the search warrant, they declined to comment.
“We cannot comment on this ongoing investigation at this time,” Bristol District Attorney’s Office released in a statement. “More information will likely come out during future arraignments hearings.”
Also found at the apartment were paychecks from the New England Patriots and Puma, a valet’s receipt from the W Hotel in Boston, a Western Union receipt, a Hertz car rental agreement and two sets of keys to a brand-new hummer SUV that prosecutors say was registered in Aaron Hernandez’s name.