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Worcester Man Arrested for GBV Home Invasion, Robbery

For Immediate Release: 5/3/2021 3:49 pm

On April 28th 2021, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to the area of Great Brook Valley for a report of a ShotSpotter activation. After an investigation, officers determined that an individual entered a New Vista Lane apartment and threatened everyone inside with a firearm. He stole various items from the residents, and stole a vehicle from one of the residents.

After an investigation, officers developed probable cause for the arrest of Joshua Zavala-Castro, twenty-four-years-old of Montrose Street. A department-wide email was sent out asking officers to be on the lookout for Mr. Zavala-Castro. On May 2nd at about 11:50 PM, an officer on patrol observed Mr. Zavala-Castro entering a livery vehicle on Mason St. The officer activated his blue lights and pulled over the vehicle near the corner of Piedmont St and Chandler St.

The officer observed Mr. Zavala-Castro in the backseat of the vehicle. Mr. Zavala-Castro initially gave a fake name, but officers determined his identity and placed him under arrest. He is charged with four counts of Armed Home Invasion (Gun) (2nd and subsequent), four counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Firearm without FID, Possession of Ammunition without FID, Unlawful Carrying of a Loaded Firearm and Use of a Firearm during a Felony. He will be arraigned in court.

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