PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Detectives from Massachusetts returned to Providence Thursday continuing their investigation in the murder case against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Law enforcement sources tell Target 12 police are trying to obtain video surveillance from Thayer Street, where Hernandez was involved in an altercation last month.
Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements confirmed investigators from the Massachusetts State Police and North Attleboro Police were in the city working the Hernandez investigation, but declined to offer specifics about what they were looking for.
"We continue to assist them anyway we can," Clements said.
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During Hernandez's arraignment Wednesday, Bristol County Massachusetts prosecutor William McCauley brought up the May 18 Providence incident, linking an associate of Hernandez to a gun that was discarded under a vehicle that night.
"That description matched the individual seen in the video with the defendant on the night of the murder," McCauley told the court referring to surveillance video recovered from Hernandez's home and other locations in Massachusetts.
According to McCauley, investigators found a weapon in the woods near Hernandez's North Attleboro home that was purchased at the same Florida gun shop as the one abandoned in Providence.
According to a Providence police incident report, the officer responding to the incident wrote "it's unknown at this time if the subject was caught on camera while discarding the firearm."
Detectives were combing the area on Thursday looking for surveillance cameras that may have captured the incident.
Sources also tell Target 12 Massachusetts' investigators were in other areas around Providence checking for video surveillance of Hernandez in the days leading up to the June 17 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.
This isn't the first time Providence police have assisted Massachusetts authorities in their pursuit of video of the former New England Patriot's star. As Target 12 first reported, managers at the adult entertainment spot Club Desire provided detectives with video surveillance last week. It is unclear if Hernandez has been captured in any of the evidence obtained in Rhode Island so far.
Hernandez was charged with murder in the first degree and numerous firearms charges in Lloyd's homicide. The body of the 27 year-old Dorchester man was found in an industrial park near Hernandez's sprawling home. Prosecutors say he was shot five times and Hernandez "orchestrated" his murder.
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