SUSPECT IN LOWELL HOMICIDE ARRESTED IN FALL RIVER; IS SECOND MSP MOST WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED TODAY

SUSPECT IN LOWELL HOMICIDE ARRESTED IN FALL RIVER; IS SECOND MSP MOST WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED TODAY

SUSPECT IN LOWELL HOMICIDE ARRESTED IN FALL RIVER; IS SECOND MSP MOST WANTED FUGITIVE CAPTURED TODAY

 Massachusetts State Police, Lowell Police, and Fall River Police this afternoon captured XAVIER DeJESUS, 20, who was wanted for the June murder of a woman in Lowell. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (MSP VFAS) added DeJESUS to its Most Wanted List earlier this month; DeJESUS is the second recent addition to the Most Wanted List captured today. 

Yesterday MSP VFAS Troopers developed information that DeJESUS may be in the Fall River area. 

After following up on that information, at approximately 1 p.m. today MSP VFAS Troopers, along with MSP Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit for MIddlesex County and Lowell Police Officers approached 132 Stevens St. in Fall River, the location where DeJESUS was believed to be hiding. 

As Troopers and Officers approached, DeJESUS attempted to run out the back door, but he then  observed police in the rear of the house and ran back inside the residence. Troopers and Officers subsequently found DeJESUS hiding in the basement and took him into custody. DeJESUS was then returned to Middlesex County to be held pending his arraignment in Lowell District Court tomorrow. 

DeJESUS is wanted for the the June 23, 2020, fatal shooting of Deija Mendez, 23, of Boston, outside a residence on Coral Street in Lowell while she was seated in a vehicle. Ms. Mendez was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators from the MIddlesex County State Police Detective Unit and Lowell Police determined DeJESUS was the alleged assailant. DeJESUS, meanwhile, was actively attempting to evade capture. 

MSP VFAS added DeJESUS to its Most Wanted list two weeks ago. 

The homicide case against DeJESUS is being prosecuted by the office of MIddlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. 

DeJESUS is the second MSP Most Wanted fugitive captured today. Around midday Maine State Police and US Marshals captured DERELL GUY, 34, after MSP VFAS developed information that GUY had fled to central Maine. GUY is wanted for the Jan. 4 shooting homicide of 25-year-old Bryan Omar Mendez in Lynn (see release sent earlier today).