- Essex District Attorney’s Office
Media Contact for Man Arraigned for 2014 Lynn Murder
Carrie Kimball Monahan, Director of Communications
Lynn, Massachusetts — After three and a half years on the run, a 36-year old man was arraigned for murder today in Salem Superior Court.
Hector Diaz Emiliano, a/k/a Nelson J. Rodriguez Figueroa and Abismael Xxxgerena, formerly of Lowell, was arraigned for first degree murder and carrying a firearm without a license. Judge Timothy Feeley ordered him held without bail. A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.
The defendant is accused of shooting Omar Ortiz Lopez, 35, of Lynn, on November 29, 2014. He allegedly shot Lopez in the head outside of the Harbor View Apartments on Sagamore Street in Lynn. Authorities believed that he fled to the Dominican Republic. Recently, U.S. Marshals determined that he was in Puerto Rico. He was arrested last week and returned to Massachusetts to face the charges.
“Today’s arraignment is a result of the diligence of U.S. Marshals Service, whose investigators located the suspect in Puerto Rico,” said Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
“Hector Diaz Emiliano’s capture was an outstanding collaboration and great coordinated effort by U.S. Marshals Service investigators in the Districts of Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, and the foreign field office of the Dominican Republic along with Massachusetts State Police Detectives of the Essex District Attorney’s and VFAS units,” said United States Marshal John Gibbons. “Although Emiliano has been in hiding for over three years, these investigators persevered throughout the fugitive investigation and paid close attention to detail, locating, capturing and bringing him to face justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family.”
The case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on March 27, 2018. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.