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Police: SWAT team storms Nashua motel and arrests man wanted in Massachusetts for double homicide home invasion

NASHUA – The Nashua Police SWAT team descended on Lillian’s Motel on Tuesday evening and arrested a Massachusetts man who police say is wanted in connection with a deadly home invasion in Lawrence, Mass., last month.

At 5:49 p.m. Tuesday, the police department’s Special Reaction Team arrested Ricardo Ortiz Hernandez, 21, of 345 Washington St., Dorchester, Mass. ...

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NASHUA – The Nashua Police SWAT team descended on Lillian’s Motel on Tuesday evening and arrested a Massachusetts man who police say is wanted in connection with a deadly home invasion in Lawrence, Mass., last month.

At 5:49 p.m. Tuesday, the police department’s Special Reaction Team arrested Ricardo Ortiz Hernandez, 21, of 345 Washington St., Dorchester, Mass.

Ortiz Hernandez was charged with being a fugitive from justice out of Massachusetts, the original charge being a narcotics violation. He is also charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, a Class B felony.

The arrest came about, police said, when the department’s Criminal Investigation Division received information from the Massachusetts State Police and Lawrence, Mass., police that Ortiz Hernandez was staying at Lillian’s Motel, 188 Concord St., Room 2. It also was relayed to detectives that Ortiz Hernandez was possibly in possession of at least one firearm, police said.

A spokesperson for the Essex County (Mass.) District Attorney’s Office confirmed that Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police want to talk with Ortiz Hernandez in connection with a home invasion at 2 Inman St. in Lawrence “during which two people were killed.”

Carrie Kimball Monahan said Ortiz Hernandez has not been charged with anything related to the Aug. 10 home invasion or the murders and that the identities of the two victims have not been released.

“That matter remains under investigation,” she said.

According to an Aug. 11 Lawrence Eagle-Tribune report, both male victims appeared to have been shot to death in the apartment building. One man’s body was found in the kitchen and another in the hallway. The men appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, according to the paper.

The Nashua Police Department’s Special Reaction Team, equipped with helmets, rifles, battering rams and shields, stormed the hotel and arrested Ortiz Hernandez after deploying a stun grenade. An adult female also was detained. No one else was in the room, police said.

After making the arrest, police prepared a second search warrant for the room, officials said. The second search warrant was based on the investigation being conducted by Massachusetts State Police and Lawrence police. Nashua’s criminal investigation detectives assisted with that search, which turned up various items, including 10 grams of heroin and nearly $20,000 in cash, police said.

Ortiz Hernandez agreed to waive his Miranda rights and speak with a police detective. He admitted that the drugs and cash found in the motel room belonged to him and that he worked for someone else as a drug dealer and loan shark in Lawrence, according to documents filed at Nashua district court.

A member of Nashua’s Special Response Team was injured during the course of executing the search warrant. The officer sustained a laceration to his left hand from a broken window shard that required medical attention.

Ortiz Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned at Nashua district court Thursday and is being held on $50,000 cash bail, according to court records.