Kevin Manahan, USA TODAY Sports
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots' Aaron Hernandez has been taken into custody by police at his home.
Hernandez, wearing red shorts and sneakers, was led out from the home handcuffed, his arms beneath a white T-shirt, and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser.
Seven officers were present for the arrest. It was not immediately known what charges Hernandez is facing. The Bristol County District Attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY Sports.
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Hernandez has been at the center of a police investigation into the homicide of Odin Lloyd.
The body of Lloyd, 27, a semipro football player, was found on June 17 in an industrial park by a nighttime jogger, about a half-mile from Hernandez's home. Police ruled the death a homicide, and Lloyd's family members said Lloyd, who was shot in the head, and Hernandez were friends who had been together the previous day.
ABC News has reported that Hernandez destroyed his cellphone and video surveillance system and had his home professionally cleaned the day Lloyd's body was found. And Massachusetts State Police have twice searched Hernandez's home, along with nearby woods and a pond.
On Saturday, police swarmed Hernandez's home with investigators and two police dogs for nearly four hours. They concentrated on the house, a large playhouse in the back yard that Hernandez uses as a doghouse, nearby woods and Hernandez's white SUV, which was parked in the driveway. Investigators left with approximately a dozen bags.
They returned to Hernandez's upscale neighborhood Monday, when two divers in scuba gear checked a nearby pond before the team scoured densely wooded areas with metal detectors. According to one member of the six-man search team, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case, investigators found no evidence during the hourlong search.
On Tuesday, all records related to the investigation were impounded by court order.
The Patriots drafted Hernandez out of Florida in 2010. Since then, he has combined with Rob Gronkowski to form one of the top tight end duos in the NFL. He missed 10 games last season with an ankle injury and had shoulder surgery in April but is expected to be ready for training camp. Last summer, the Patriots gave Hernandez a five-year contract worth $40 million, but he could forfeit most of the money if he is incarcerated or suspended by the league because of any involvement in the crime.
Last week another man from Connecticut filed a civil lawsuit in Florida saying Hernandez shot him in the face in February, causing him to lose an eye; he is seeking damages in excess of $100,000.
In the complaint filed by attorneys for 30-year-old Alexander S. Bradley, Hernandez is accused of shooting Bradley in the face while the two were in a vehicle early Feb. 13 after a night of partying at a strip club in Miami.
According to the complaint and a police report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Bradley lost his right eye and has lost much of the use of his right arm. He said he needed further surgeries and experienced pain and difficulty eating and was requesting damages in excess of $100,000.
Bradley refused to cooperate with the police investigation, giving only a vague description of "black and Hispanic" men that shot him. When he wouldn't speak any further with investigators, the case was deemed inactive, and it will not be reopened without Bradley's cooperation
Hernandez's relationship with Bradley is unclear, though both are from Connecticut, with their hometowns located about 20 miles apart. Bradley was convicted of selling drugs in 2006 and spent 18 months in jail.
Bradley's lawsuit was initially filed four days before Lloyd's death in Massachusetts.