Boston police returned to the Bristol home of Aaron Hernandez's uncle Friday night, spending hours there and towing a silver Toyota 4 Runner with Rhode Island license plates.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Scott Calloway who lives just a few feet away.
Calloway watched it all, and said Hernandez’s cousins live here too, and the football star would visit on occasion. He did not know who owed the SUV investigators zeroed in on.
“I might have seen it in the garage but paid no mind to it,” Calloway said.
Detectives said the home on Lake Avenue was also the address record for suspect Ernest Wallace, who was just captured Friday in Mirimar, Fla. Wallace was wanted in connection with the execution-style murder of Odin Lloyd in Massachusetts, a murder Aaron Hernandez was accused of orchestrating.
Police sent out alerts across the country Thursday night asking for help in searching for Wallace and the car he had been driving.
One woman discovered the car ditched on Blakeslee Street in Bristol and called authorities right away.
“I was stunned because the whole week we were like, what is this car? Why is it parked here?” she said.
Down the way in a Bristol courtroom, Carlos Ortiz, who is also linked to the Hernandez murder case, faced a judge Friday. Ortiz was turned over to Massachusetts authorities where he is currently in custody.
His family was in disbelief after the appearance. “It hurt me, caught me by surprise honestly,” said his cousin, Linda Ortiz.
Most surprising to this community was the arrest of Aaron Hernandez, now charged with Lloyd's murder. Hernandez is also under investigation for a drive by shooting that killed two others in Boston last year.
Hernandez pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Investigators have not said why they towed the SUV from his family’s Bristol home.