Rodriguez found hiding in High Street basement

📸 Southbridge Police Department

SOUTHBRIDGE — A Worcester man was arrested in this town on Wednesday morning and arraigned on charges stemming from a shooting in Fitchburg last month.

Concepcion O. Rodriguez, 33, of Lucian Street in Worcester, was taken into custody on several outstanding warrants. According to the Southbridge Police Department, local police detectives joined members of the U.S. Marshals and Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section in capturing Rodriguez.

Law enforcement arrived at 115 High Street around 10:30 a.m., police said, looking for Rodriguez in a rear apartment of the multi-family dwelling. Police said they were able to confirm the suspect was inside the apartment and were subsequently able to locate him hiding in the basement. He was taken into custody with incident.

After being apprehended and booked at the police station, Rodriguez was taken to Fitchburg District Court to be arraigned on charges related to a shooting in that city. According to police, Rodriguez has been charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault and battery with a firearm, assault to commit a felony, carrying a loaded firearm without a license (second offense), carrying a firearm without a license (second offense), firearm violation with two prior violent crimes, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, three counts of vandalizing property, and numerous motor vehicle violations.

Rodriguez has lengthy criminal record

According to The Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, Rodriguez is no stranger to court appearances and police handcuffs. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Worcester Superior Court and sentenced to two concurrent terms of three years in Walpole state prison, The Sentinel & Enterprise reported. In August 2016, he was arrested after two individuals were allegedly robbed by Rodriguez and another man at a car wash in Fitchburg. In that case, The Sentinel & Enterprise reported, one of the two victims had refused the suspects’ demands and suffered minor injuries after being “pistol whipped.”

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