Video retrieved from Providence strip club in Hernandez case
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police assisted Massachusetts authorities in retrieving video surveillance from a popular downtown strip club as part of an investigation swirling around Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Providence Police Colonel Hugh Clements confirmed Massachusetts State Police and North Attleboro Police, along with Providence authorities, obtained video from Club Desire Thursday. Police were looking for video from several days including Friday night.
Clements said detectives in Massachusetts have possession of the video and does not know what it revealed, if anything. Hernandez has been at the center of a national media storm since Tuesday, when police officers visited his home to question him1 about the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was found on Monday afternoon in an industrial park along John Dietsch Boulevard.
Management at the nightclub gave the video over to police willingly, according to authorities. A woman answering the phone at the strip club said “no one” was available when a reporter asked to speak to the manager and hung up when she was asked further questions. The club’s website describes itself as “stylish.”
“We offer great food, and sports on the biggest screens in town,” states Desire’s website. “The party in Providence has always started here. Always ended here.” A photo on the club’s website shows a woman clutching a football and wearing the jersey with the number of Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowsk to promote it as a place to watch NFL football.
As WPRI.com first reported, Hernandez was involved in an altercation2 outside of a bar on the city’s East Side last month. According to a police report, Aaron Hernandez was being taunted by another man shortly after 2 a.m. on May 18 outside of a restaurant on Thayer Street.
The man told Hernandez he was a New York Jets fan and followed the Patriots star for several blocks. Police said the large crowd leaving the bar forced them to call for backup and several subjects were detained so Hernandez could leave the area. Around the same time, Brown University Police said they saw an African-American male hide a firearm under a car on Thayer Street, according to the report.