Rochdale traffic stop leads to firearms arrests, ties to homicide

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ROCHDALE — A routine traffic stop early Friday led to the arrest of four individuals on firearms charges and revealed one suspect’s connection to a homicide investigation, according to Leicester Police.

The incident began around 2:14 a.m. when a Leicester officer noticed a vehicle speeding on Stafford Street.

The driver turned off the headlights and taillights, attempting to evade police by pulling into Rochdale Park’s parking lot at 1050 Stafford Street.

After officers approached the vehicle, they discovered five occupants along with open alcohol containers.

Two individuals were underage.

A subsequent search of the car uncovered three firearms, several high-capacity magazines, ammunition, a replica BB gun, and a mask.

Four suspects were arrested at the scene, while a male fled on foot.

The Leicester K9 Unit, with support from Worcester Police and Massachusetts State Police K9 Units, conducted a ground search, and the CEMLEC Drone Unit provided aerial assistance.

The suspects, Glen McFadden, Nageli Torres, Jetzel Diaz, and a 17-year-old juvenile, all from Worcester, face various firearms and alcohol-related charges.

The juvenile, who initially gave false identification, was wanted on a homicide-related warrant in Worcester.

Bail for the three adults was set at $3,500 each, and they appeared in East Brookfield District Court for arraignment.

The juvenile’s bail was set at $100,000 and was arraigned at Worcester Juvenile Court.

Authorities are seeking a warrant for the arrest of the individual who escaped, but assure there is no public danger.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Multiple agencies, including the Auburn, Oxford, Millbury, Charlton, and Worcester Police, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, provided assistance.

Leicester Fire & EMS were on standby for potential rescue needs at Rochdale Pond.

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