WPD night patrol officers arrest five after guns were displayed in residential area

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WPD night patrol officers arrest five after guns were displayed in residential area

For immediate release: 02/21/2022 11:19 a.m.

Around 2am on February 21, Worcester police were dispatched to the Moreland St area to a report of armed individuals behaving suspiciously. Officers were informed that a newer model blue BMW pulled up in front of a residence, two armed men got out and crouched near a residence as if trying to hide. They got back into the vehicle and it drove off. The vehicle returned and two men got out and started walking around the property before driving off. Officers broadcast a description of the vehicle over the radio.

At around 3 a.m., an officer on patrol in the Main and Hammond St area saw a newer model blue BMW speeding past him. The officer followed the vehicle, activated its blue lights and stopped the vehicle in the Main area of ​​Herman St.

The officer waited for backup officers to arrive, then approached the vehicle, which was manned by five men. The driver, 18-year-old Thaddeus Rodriguez-Felix, from Westborough, got out of the vehicle, pushed one of the police officers and tried to drive away. He was taken into custody. The other occupants, including three minors, were evacuated from the vehicle.

Officers found a handgun and several bags of what appeared to be heroin in the vehicle. A second firearm was located in the belt of a sixteen-year-old occupant of the vehicle. Officers placed the sixteen-year-old and two seventeen-year-olds under arrest. The sixteen-year-old attempted to flee after being handcuffed but was again taken into custody.

Eighteen-year-old Jimmy Feliciano of Vaughan Ave has been placed under arrest and is charged with Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Improper Storage of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a licence, possessing ammunition without an FID card license and possessing an open container of alcohol. Mr. Thaddeus Rodriguez-Felix faces identical charges and also received a citation for driving at a speed greater than reason. They will be brought to justice.