Hearing via law enforcement source that Aaron Hernandez will be arrested in connection with the North Attleborough murder
— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) June 20, 2013
Stay tuned for another day of following this closely, and likely updating this post many times.
UPDATE (11:35 a.m. ET): Something very 2013 just happened. Hernandez drove from his house to Gillette Stadium, and he was followed the entire time by a local news helicopter which provided live footage, and of course the Twitters went a tweetin’. This made him look like a fugitive, and a wanted man.
But while he may be the latter, he’s not the former right now, since I’m pretty sure authorities of some kind need to be doing the chasing for a fugitive to really be a fugitive.
Whatever, we can debate criminal linguistics another time. What matters right now is that as I type this, Hernandez is in Gillette Stadium, and presumably speaking to someone important. Or maybe he’s just pumping iron and getting his grind on while giving very few craps about what’s going on outside.
UPDATE (11:49 a.m. ET): Hernandez has had quite the busy little offseason. In addition to his possible involvement in a homicide and reportedly shooting a man in Miami after a nightclub dispute, this also just surfaced…
BREAKING: Aaron Hernandez named in Providence police report regarding nightclub disturbance in May. Gun (not his) recovered at scene. #wbz
— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) June 20, 2013
UPDATE (12:08 p.m. ET): I’m not really sure what this means, or could mean. So I’ll just leave it here, and we can figure it out together…
Sources on pending Hernandez arrest not directly connected to murder investigation
— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) June 20, 2013
UPDATE (12:16 p.m. ET): I should probably slow down here, but the details keep beaming to my computer screen, and then in turn I beam them to yours. It’s magic.
The latest comes to us by way of Ian Rapoport, who clears up the Providence strip club incident a bit. Hernandez was reportedly taunted by a Jets fan, and he walked away with the help of police. Sounds pretty tame, right? Right, but the “disturbance” was filed because someone (not Hernandez, as Rapoport clearly indicates) tossed a gun aside during the verbal exchange, and police recovered it.
UPDATE (12:31 p.m. ET): He stopped to get gas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
UPDATE (12:51 p.m. ET): More confusion and conflicting reports, to the surprise of no one. Wesley Lowery of the Boston Globe is reporting that an arrest isn’t imminent, and any other report saying the opposite is “absolutely untrue” according to his police source. He adds that while an arrest could happen, and it could even happen today, it’s pure speculation to call it a certainty.
Alright then. With that cleared up, surely he’s buying bananas or something by now.
UPDATE (2:26 p.m. ET): Oh, sorry about that. I thought it was safe to turn my attention elsewhere for an hour or so. Ha, silly writer.
Hernandez’s day — and his week, and life — has now taken a turn that’s very much the opposite of positive. It seems the authorities are quite curious to know why he felt the need to smash his cell phone into many tiny pieces along with his home security system, and then hire cleaners to make his house spotless. So very, very spotless.
From ABC News:
Police are back at the home of New England Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez today with another warrant based on evidence that “he destroyed his home security system,” an investigator close to the case told ABC News.
The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system – which included video surveillance – was smashed intentionally.
And a cell phone used by Hernandez was handed over to investigators “in pieces” by his attorneys, the sources said.
Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez’s mansion, sources told ABC News.
Those all seem like pretty discrete moves, Aaron. Well played.
ABC’s sources also reiterated that Hernandez hasn’t been ruled out for his possible involvement in the murder of Odin Lloyd, though he’s not officially being called a suspect. That status could quickly escalate since Hernandez has evidently taken measures to destroy evidence, which isn’t something an innocent person does.