Neighbors in N. Attleboro react to Hernandezís arrest
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- A shirtless Aaron Hernandez opened his doors to investigators Wednesday morning, only to find himself being handcuffed and arrested on murder charges.
“I’m very shocked. I find that very hard to believe that this is happening,” said one neighbor.
Hernandez was cuffed immediately and investigators pulled a white t-shirt over him. He wore that shirt, red work out shorts and those handcuffs as he was led out of his house and into a waiting police cruiser. This all happened before nine a.m. And it appeared to have been a surprise.
Hernandez’s lawyers issued a statement a couple days ago that praised prosecutors for their restraint in the high-profile investigation. They pointed out at the time that no arrest warrants had been issued. But something changed in the last 48 hours that lead to Hernandez’s arrest.
Hours after his arraignment on first degree murder charges, the Hernandez home stayed relatively quiet. There was no answer from two women seen walking around inside.
Neighbors said the 23-year-old kept mostly to himself and he was rarely seen in the neighborhood. But investigators said he was seen perfectly on his own surveillance systems moments after the murder, carrying a gun that so far hasn’t been recovered.
“It’s crazy because that was one of our favorite players too. So, really crazy, shocking,” said another neighbor.
Hernandez was charged with first degree murder and several other gun-related charges. He was brought to Bristol County Correction House Wednesday afternoon where he will remain until his next court day on July 24.