NORTH ATTLEBORO — News helicopters were following New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez today as he drove towards Boston and it’s not the only time he’s been followed.
Last month, Providence police say they had to disperse a crowd outside Viva, a bar on Thayer Street, after a New York Jets fan taunted Hernandez and followed him for several blocks.
The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. May 18 on Providence’s East Side.
“I’m a Jets fan,” the man told Hernandez, according to a Providence police report.
The man, according to the report, continued to taunt Hernandez as the Pats player walked away. The man and other individuals followed Hernandez before police “detained” them and allowed the football star to leave, police said.
Around the same time, according to the report, Brown police saw a heavy set black man in a striped shirt hide a firearm under a vehicle near Kartabar Restaurant a short distance away.
The man fled, but police recovered a .22 caliber handgun with no rounds in the chamber. Several cartridges were in the magazine, according to the report.
The incident was reported by WPRI.com.
Hernandez is currently in the center of controversy surrounding the death of a 27-year-old Boston man, Odim Lloyd, whose body was found Monday afternoon in a clearing in the North Attleboro Industrial Park.
Authorities have ruled Lloyd’s death a homicide. A source close to the investigation said he was shot but state and local law enforcement authorities have been tight-lipped about the probe.