SWAT team breaks into wrong Worcester house, residents say
Police raided the home of Marianne Diaz at 5:30 AM, Wednesday, August 19. The held her naked and at gunpoint in front of her two daughters, aged 7 years and 18 months.
"Stop [expletive] crying and take care of your [expletive] kids. At one point, they had her spread her legs for a pat search, even though she was naked. She was otherwise kept kneeling naked, at gunpoint, for ten minutes while the officers searched.
The home also contained Joshual Matos, who was sleeping, and Diaz' fiancee, Bryant Alequin. Matos' fractured wrist was reinjured during the entry of the police. Alequin was in the bathroom; he was thrown to the ground and also received an injury.
The police then proceeded to do a detailed search of the house for a person, Shane Jackson, who had not lived in the home since at least February. Nothing was seized and no one was arrested. One of the officers was reported to have said, "Oh [expletive], the snake got away."
The kicker: The no-knock warrant was prepared by Trooper Nicholas E. Nason, who stated a confidential informant had told him (in the last 72 hours) that Jackson was staying there. But Nason had subsequently verified that the electric bill was in Diaz' name, and that motor vehicles had only Diaz and someone named Shamel Legree listed at that address.
The killer: Shane Jackson had been arrested on a theft warrant two weeks prior; that warrant contained his current address, 71 Sylvan St. He had multiple open court cases that all listed that same address. Diaz resides at 17 Hillside St. Apt. 3.
District Attorney Joseph D Early Jr. said the police acted on the "best intelligence available." He is, apparently, sticking to the story that Jackson was at the Hillside address mere days before.
Before they left, the police informed Ms. Diaz that they had, "Treated her with respect."
- Poor or no due diligence. Ignoring evidence the officer "didn't" want to hear.
- Failure apparently, to even look up the person they were seeking. (What the hell are all those computers for, anyway?) Wouldn't you want to try last known address first?
- The infamous confidential informant ("So, partner, you want call me and be the confidential informant this time? Or shall I?")
- Unnecessary no-knock warrant, with a nighttime invasion.
- Just where did they think naked Ms. Diaz was hiding a weapon?
- A detailed search--for a person? The way I hear it, a warrant for a person allows search of anyplace a person may hide, but nothing smaller.
Would you feel respected? I wouldn't have. In fact, it looks to me like they have a complete disregard for the rights of innocent bystanders.