NORTH ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WPRI) – Police officers have descended on Aaron Hernandez’s North Attleboro home.
Shortly before 2 p.m., several State Police cars pulled into the driveway, accompanied by at least one North Attleboro officer. The State Police entered the home with two K9s in tow but so far Hernandez, who is believed to be home, has not emerged.
An Eyewitness News crew at the scene reports that police appear to be searching a small house or shed at the back of the property.
The Patriots’ tight end has been at the center of a national media storm since Monday night, when police officers visited his North Attleboro home to ask him questions regarding the death of 27-year-old Odin Llyod. Lloyd’s body was found on Monday afternoon along John Dietsch Bouelvard.
A day after the body was found, police connected a rental car to the crime scene, and Hernandez’s name was reportedly linked to the vehicle’s registration. From there, Hernandez suddenly became a national story.
Several conflicting reports regarding Hernandez’s status in the police investigation quickly surfaced, as did multiple stories detailing his criminally questionable past.
Hernandez is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit that claims he shot a man in the face outside of a Miami-area strip club. Police reports also place him at the scene of a minor scuffle outside of a Providence restaurant, and – going back to his college years at the University of Florida – he was also questioned by authorities regarding a 2007 shooting in Gainesville.
Since this saga began on Monday, Hernandez hired a lawyer and became elusive with both the media and the police, speaking only once through his lawyer.
“It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as a part of an ongoing investigation,” said Hernandez’s lawyers in a release. “Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion.”
He refused to answer his door on Wednesday morning, but that didn’t stop authorities from searching his home’s surrounding area. Later, police filed a search warrant on the claim that Hernandez had intentionally destroyed his home surveillance system and phone before police arrived at his house to question him. The warrant also claimed that Hernandez hired a cleaning crew on Monday to scrub down his North Attleboro mansion.
Hernandez has been a member of the New England Patriots organization since 2010, totaling 1,956 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns over three seasons. He recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Pats worth more than $41 million.
The team has had little to say about the ongoing investigation.