Leicester man arrested on assault, sexual conduct charges, faces additional explosives and drug counts

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LEICESTER — Leicester Police Department officers responded early Friday to a 911 call about a disturbance on Moose Hill Road, leading to the arrest of a local man on multiple serious charges.

The incident began around 12:42 a.m. when authorities were alerted to an unspecified disturbance at 400 Moose Hill Road.

A second emergency call quickly followed, with the caller claiming to be under fire from a man in a pickup truck.

Assisted by Spencer Police, Paxton Police, and Massachusetts State Police troopers, Leicester officers arrived on the scene and encountered an individual, identified as the second 911 caller, who reported being shot at.

The investigation directed officers to 505 Moose Hill Road, where they developed probable cause to arrest 35-year-old Derek Curtis.

Curtis, taken into custody and later booked with bail set at $25,040, faced initial charges of armed assault to murder and sexual conduct for a fee.

He was brought before East Brookfield District Court on the morning of May 24.

Further investigation, including additional interviews and the execution of a search warrant at Curtis’ residence, resulted in additional charges.

On May 31, Curtis was arraigned on four counts of possession of an explosive device, two counts of possession of Class E substances, one count of possession of Class B substances, and possession of fireworks.

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