SWAT mistakenly raids home, frisks naked woman

The district attorney says state police acted on the "best intelligence"

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A woman said police and a SWAT team mistakenly raided her Worcester apartment and that she was frisked by an officer before being allowed to put clothes on.

Marianne Diaz told the Telegram & Gazette she awoke to state police detectives and a SWAT team breaking down her door on Wednesday morning.

The 23-year-old Diaz said she knelt with her frightened daughters beside her as police officers with shields pointed guns in her direction.

“Stop (expletive) crying and take care of your (expletive) kids,” she claimed one officer told her.

She said a female officer later frisked her even though she was naked. Ten minutes passed before she was allowed to cover herself, she added.

Diaz’s fiance, Bryant Alequin, said he suffered a minor back injury during the raid. Their roommate, Joshua Matos, said doctors told him his wrist — which had been recovering from a fracture — was refractured.

District Attorney Joseph Early said that state police acted on the “best intelligence” available — a search warrant filed by a trooper who said a trusted source told him that the intended suspect, “Mr. Jackson,” resided at the apartment.

In an affidavit, Trooper Nicholas E. Nason said a confidential informant told him the suspect had been staying in the apartment. He wrote that police had successfully raided the apartment last September, finding drugs.

Records showed police had arrested the man the SWAT team was looking for, who was a previous tenant at the apartment, at a different address on Aug. 6, the newspaper reported.

Hector Pineiro, the lawyer for Diaz and Alequin, demanded an investigation.

“This botched gun raid, without any doubt, is about an innocent family with two children — one disabled — who were utterly terrorized and abused as a result of the grossly reckless conduct exhibited by (police),” Pineiro said.

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