Police locate rental car prosecutors say Aaron Hernandez rented so accomplices could get away
North Attleboro police confirmed on Friday morning that the Chrysler 300 they had been searching for in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd has been located in Bristol, Conn. The car is believed to have been rented by Aaron Hernandez and has also been tied to 41-year-old Ernest Wallace, for whom police are searching.
Wallace was last seen driving the Chrysler, which you see above courtesy of the Boston Globe’s Wesley Lowery, and is considered to be armed and dangerous. The car was seized early Friday morning.
On Thursday, police issued a wanted poster for Wallace, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Lloyd. Fox 25 Boston shared a photo of the poster and other photos of Wallace here:
Lloyd was killed on June 17, and investigators began searching for the Chrysler shortly after his body was discovered. According to Lowery, prosecutors say Hernandez rented the vehicle after Lloyd was murdered so his accomplices could use it to flee the state.
The vehicle was reportedly located on Thursday night by a resident of a Bristol apartment complex who saw the release about Wallace and the car police were searching for. The resident told the Boston Globe the car had been sitting in the complex’s parking lot for almost a week and that it appeared in their personal parking spot on either Friday or Saturday. By Sunday, the resident said it had moved two parking spaces and was then towed across the complex on Wednesday after receiving two tow notices.
“I never saw anyone getting in or out of the car,” the resident explained. “I’ve called the leasing office and they said police have already asked for any video footage that might show who parked (the car).”
The apartment complex where the car was discovered is located about one mile from the home of Carlos Ortiz, who was the second man arrested in connection with Lloyd’s murder.
To clarify, the silver Chrysler 300 that has reportedly been seized has no connection to the silver SUV Hernandez allegedly rented in connection with the double murder in Boston last July. These are two different vehicles involving two separate cases.
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