Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had the media following his every move on Thursday — from his house in North Attleborough, to the Patriots’ Gillette Stadium, a gas station and, finally, his lawyers’ office in Boston — but cops were more interested in what’s been going on inside in the 23-year-old’s sprawling mansion.
Hernandez’s home security system — which includes video surveillance — was destroyed and his cell phone was “in pieces” when it was turned over to investigators, sources told ABC News. Cops also want to know why a housecleaning service was hired on Monday to scrub his southeastern Massachusetts home, the network reported on Thursday.
Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez (in the car) is swarmed by reporters during a stop at a gas station.
Hernandez is drawing interest from police in connection with the death of Odin Lloyd. The 27-year-old semipro football player was found dead on Monday evening in an industrial park located about a mile away from Hernandez’s home.
According to ABC News, cops were executing a search warrant at his home on Thursday while the Patriots star led the media on a two-hour joyride.
Aaron Hernandez’s home in North Attleboro, Mass.
Hernandez left his North Attleboro home around 11 a.m. and drove to the Patriots’ stadium in Foxborough in a white Audi SUV.
Massachusetts State Police search along a road near the home of New England Patriot’s NFL football player Aaron Hernandez in North Attleborough, Mass., Wednesday.
When Hernandez arrived in the parking lot, he stopped before reaching the stadium’s entrance and returned to his car. MyFoxBoston.com showed Hernandez look up in the direction of three hovering helicopters before jogging into the entrance and out of sight.
Hernandez left Gillette Stadium around 12:15 p.m. with cameras still following his every step. He stopped at a nearby Gulf gas station, pulled his car up to the pump and calmly fueled-up his car.
State and local police spent hours at Aaron Hernandez’s home Tuesday as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before.
Reporters and cameramen quickly swarmed Hernandez’s white SUV at the station. Asked if he had anything to do with Lloyd’s murder, Hernandez ignored the question, brushed past the pack, got back in his SUV and took off.