Five Charged in Double Murder

I can’t tell you how much it stinks as a reporter to think that you know something, and to be fairly confident about it, but to be completely unable to confirm it.
I’ve had the following bit of text in the can for over a month now, but police wouldn’t even consider confirming or denying this information.
Based on the press release I just got from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, I would say it has now been confirmed, though.
So here is the information not included in the press release. This case was never even slightly cold.
Those of you with sharp eyes will remember that I wrote about Hernandez’s arrest. One commenter on topix was even perceptive enough to notice and comment on the coincidence at the time.
I hated being unable to respond to that.
Two of the men indicted for the murders today, Ariel Hernandez, 21, of 9 Phillips St., and Timothy Brown, 21, of 80 Bridge St., unit 304, have been in custody since shortly after the killings — in Hernandez’s case, since just 50 minutes after the killings.
Hernandez and Giovanni Hill, 20, of 70 Agawam St., were both arrested following a motor vehicle stop at Fletcher and Rock streets in the Acre on Oct. 23 at 2:20 a.m., just 50 minutes after the slaying.
Officers had been looking for their car in connection with a robbery near the scene of the killing.
Police said two women, who were not identified, were walking near White Street and Second Avenue about 8:30 p.m., on Oct. 22, when a car pulled up next to them.
One of the men in the car pulled a handgun on the women, pulled back the slide atop the gun to load it, and demanded the women’s purses, police said.
The women handed over their bags, containing cash and credit cards, but managed to note the license plate of the car the men were in as they drove away, police said.
Five hours later, about 1:30 a.m., the Delgado brothers were gunned down inside their apartment, about a block from the scene of the robbery.
At 2:20 a.m., police spotted the license plate the robbery victims had noted.
Officers stopped Hernandez and Hill near Fletcher and Rock streets, and both men were charged with armed robbery while masked.
Hernandez was also charged with carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and failure to stop for a stop sign.
At their arraignments the following day in Lowell District Court, Hill was ordered held without bail and Hernandez was ordered held on $25,000 bail, but held without bail on a probation warrant from superior court.
A spokesman for District Attorney Gerard Leone said she could not comment on why Hernandez was on probation.
Hernandez had also been arrested in December of 2006 after someone called police because they saw two men hiding in the bushes outside a pizza shop near Wood Street, according to reports in The Sun.
The caller saw the men pulling bandanas over their faces.
Officers responded and chased Hernandez, who appeared to be holding a handgun, into a nearby wooded area, where he was arrested. The handgun turned out to be a BB gun.
Hernandez and Juan Ramirez, 18, of Lowell, were charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and disorderly conduct. Hernandez was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.
It was not immediately clear whether Hernandez was convicted in that case, or whether that case is why he was on probation.
Brown was arrested a little more than a day later, on Oct. 25.
Several police detectives, led by Detective Lt. Dan Larocque, went to his multi-unit apartment building downtown as a driving rain fell on Oct. 24 and requested fire department help with forcing open a door, according to police radio broadcasts.
At least three unmarked cruisers were parked at that building late on that Saturday night.
Brown was charged with possession of a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, accessory after the fact of armed robbery, and receiving stolen property over $250.
He was arraigned Oct. 26 in Lowell District Court, and ordered held on $75,000 cash bail.

I don’t know anything about the McDougal’s, though I’ll certainly be watching for their arrests if they’re found.
Lisa Redmond is in court today and will handle all of this from here on out.
Here is a link to what I had in the paper today about Silva’s arrest.

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