Police: Armed home invasion an effort to collect debt

WEBSTER — A Worcester man has been charged with attempted murder after an alleged home invasion on Lake Street in an apparent effort to collect some sort of debt.

Omar Abu, 27, of 78 Dorchester Street #1, Worcester, was arrested late Sunday afternoon by officers from the Webster Police Department. According to a press release issued on Monday morning, police were dispatched to an apartment at 40 Lake Street after receiving a report that a resident had been assaulted with a firearm.

“Webster Police Officers Robert Larochelle, Spencer Donovan, Robert Ela, and Robert Rockwood responded in under one minute,” the press release reads. “Officers Donovan and Rockwood attempted to make entry in to the apartment while Officers Larochelle and Ela monitored the back door.”

When officers made entry into the apartment, Abu fled out the back door only to be taken into custody without incident by Officers Ela and Larochelle. Police said they recovered a small semi-automatic pistol on Abu during the arrest.

According to Webster Police, Abu came to the apartment “with the intent of collecting some money that was owed to him” by one of the three apartment residents inside. Police said Abu brandished the firearm and pointed it at one of the residents, and later holding it to his forehead. Police were called after an apparent struggle inside the apartment. Authorities reported there were no injuries to Abu or the apartment residents.

Abu was transported to the Webster Police Department, where he was processed and charged with attempted murder; home invasion; three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, to wit a firearm; assault and battery to collect a loan; carrying a loaded firearm without a license; possession of ammunition without a license; and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Abu was slated to be arraigned in Dudley District Court on Monday and was held on $100,040 bail.

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