HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A fugitive with ties to former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was taken into custody in Connecticut on Friday, authorities said.
Alexander Bradley, 31, of East Hartford was found at a home in Hartford, the U.S. Marshal’s Service said. He was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in Hartford Superior Court.
He was charged with criminal violation of a protective order and interfering with police and held on a $50,000 bond. Authorities said he was found in the home of a woman who had a protective order against him.
Bradley has filed a lawsuit against Hernandez, asserting he was shot in the face by the former player in February as they were driving in Florida after arguing in a Miami strip club.
At the time, he told police he did not know who had shot him. Bradley lost vision in an eye as a result of the shooting.
In July, Bradley testified before a grand jury in Massachusetts investigating the June death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, whose body was found not far from Hernandez’s mansion in North Attleborough, Mass. At the time, authorities said they were interested in similarities between Lloyd’s death and the shooting of Bradley.
Bradley later was subpoenaed to appear before a second grand jury in Massachusetts investigating a double homicide in Boston last year, which also has been linked to Hernandez.
But he failed to appear at a hearing to show why he should not be required to testify before that panel, and a fugitive warrant was issued for him last month.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Lloyd. No charges have been filed in the 2012 shooting in which Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado were killed in Boston’s South End.
But while investigating Lloyd’s death, police found a sport utility vehicle rented in Hernandez’s name that had been linked to that double homicide at the home of Hernandez’s uncle in Bristol, Conn. The also recovered 100 cartridges of .38-caliber ammunition.
Massachusetts authorities have not commented on the grand jury investigation.
Another Connecticut resident, John Alcorn of Bristol, was also ordered to testify last month before the grand jury.
Alcorn, 21, is related to Thaddeus Singleton III, the deceased husband of Tanya Singleton, a cousin of Aaron Hernandez who also lived in the Bristol home where the SUV was discovered.
Police said Alcorn, whose nickname is “Chicago,” was the man mentioned in a Massachusetts police report in June as the possible owner of a .38-caliber gun seized from a car after an accident in Springfield, Mass.