For Immediate Release: 4/5/2017 9:45 pm
Worcester, MA (April 5, 2017) - On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at approximately 9:00 AM, several officers responded to 22 Front Street (Mid Town Mall) for a report of a woman that was robbed at gun point. One of the first arriving officers met with the female that made the call. The female provided the officer with her name and cell phone number. The female stated that she was in an office located in the basement of the mall to meet with a male for the purpose of collecting money that was allegedly owed to her.
The female stated that she entered the office and met with the male. The male gave the woman some money but then produced a handgun and demanded half back.
The officer advised the woman not to leave as the search for the suspect was underway. Approximately 10 minutes later the officer noticed that the woman was no longer in the mall. The officer called back the cellphone number that was provided. The phone number was not active. WPD dispatchers gave the officer the number that made the initial call. The officer dialed that number. A female answered the phone but stated that the name the officer asked for was unknown to her. The female hung up on the officer.
It became readily apparent that the woman provided the officer with a false name and phone number. The story itself also appeared fabricated.
Officers were still unsure what had taken place in the basement level of the mall. Officers continued to search the basement when they came upon a store front. This store front was covered in a blanket which prevented anyone from looking inside. While searching the basement officers observed a male inside the store front unexpectedly open the blanket. Officers were standing in front and immediately noticed that the male appeared to fit perfectly to the description of the suspect that was provided by the female. The male was subsequently identified as Rashaun Day, 28-years-old of 11 Laurel Street, Worcester.
Because Mr. Day fit the suspect description he now became the focus of the investigation.
At this point officers secured the store front and obtained a search warrant. At 2:08 PM, officers were granted the warrant.
Officers executed the warrant with Mr. Day still present. The search produced 5 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana. Each bag weighed approximately one pound for a total of five pounds. The search also produced several empty vacuum bags that contained marijuana residue, a vacuum sealer and a roll of vacuum bags. A search of Mr. Day discovered a cell phone and $1,577.00 in cash.
A thorough search of the premises failed to locate the alleged firearm.
Mr. Day was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class D Substance with the Intent to Distribute.
Mr. Day will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Court House on Thursday, April 6, 2017.