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Update to Granite Street After Hours Party that Turned Violent

Worcester, MA (April 6, 2017) - During the course of this investigation, detectives working the case were able to identify the suspect that had fired a gun inside the apartment along with several rounds outside. The focus of the investigation turned to a male that was identified as Pablo Cortez, 30-years-old of 29 Prospect Street, Spencer.

Investigators were able to obtain probable cause to request an arrest warrant for Mr. Cortez. The warrant was for the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, and Armed Assault with the Intent to Murder.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at approximately 12:00 PM, Detectives located and apprehended Mr. Cortez without incident. Mr. Cortez was transported back to police headquarters and processed.

Mr. Cortez will be arraigned on Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

Original Press Release:

Granite Street After Hour Party Ends with Fight and Gunfire

Worcester, MA (April 2, 2017) - On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at approximately 3:36 AM, Worcester Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation for the area of 133 Granite Street. Several officers responded to the location. One of the first officers to arrive observed several vehicles parked in the area of 100 Granite Street. There were several people outside the Granite Street address.

Arriving officers encountered a male that resides at 100 Granite Street. The male had a swollen face that indicated to the officers that he was just involved in a physical altercation. At this time one officer observed a red colored vehicle leave the scene at a high rate of speed. The officer got back into his cruiser and followed the red vehicle. The officer signaled the vehicle to pull over in the area of 211 Granite Street.

The vehicle was occupied by the driver only.

The officer ordered the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver was searched. The search produced two small bags of cocaine. The driver, identified as Jose Villanueva, 29-years-old of 113 Southgate Street, Worcester, was placed under arrest without incident and charged with Possession of Class B Substance. Mr. Villanueva was transported to police headquarters for processing.

Officers at the scene interviewed several people that remained in the apartment. According to witnesses, there was a gathering at the apartment after the bars closed early this morning. There were several people inside the apartment. Apparently a fight broke out inside the apartment. The resident of the apartment attempted to break up the fight. The resident ended up on the floor where he was punched and kicked in the face.

During the disturbance a shot rang out from inside the apartment. At this time several people began to flee the apartment. While outside, the suspect fired several more rounds before leaving the area.

Officers at the scene observed blood inside the apartment but were unsure if anyone was hit from the gunfire. Officers observed a large broken mirror on the floor. One male had a substantial injury to his thumb that he believes he received from the broken mirror.

WPD detectives arrived at the scene along with members of the Crime Scene Unit. Whiteness were interviewed while evidence was collected.

Police contacted local hospitals to see if anyone one had arrived with gunshot wounds. All local hospitals checked out negative.

This investigation is ongoing, if anyone has information about this incident they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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