- Essex District Attorney’s Office
Media Contact for Man Wanted in 2011 Lawrence Murders Arrested
Carrie Kimball Monahan, Director of Communications
Lawrence, Massachusetts — Today the United States Marshals Service executed an arrest warrant on Waldos ROJAS, (DOB 8-7-1987) at a residence in Pennsylvania. The warrant was issued as a result of a lengthy investigation involving the Essex County District Attorney's Office, the Essex State Police Detective Unit and the Lawrence Police Department.
The 2 count murder warrant was issued for the shooting deaths of Daniel Diaz, (DOB 9/15/1989) and Elizabeth Hernandez, (2/22/1987) on October 17, 2011 on Bailey Street in Lawrence. ROJAS is accused of intentionally setting a fire outside 5 Bailey Street, which drew the victims outside where they were shot.
The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in concert with the United States Marshall's Service, tracked ROAJS to a residence in Pennsylvania where he was apprehended this afternoon. The USMS arrested ROJAS in his residence without incident.
“I am grateful to all of the law enforcement officers for not giving up on finding the person responsible for this brazen crime,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “The family and friends of Mr. Diaz and Ms. Hernandez hopefully can find some peace knowing that the man responsible for their murder will be finally brought to justice.”
Mr. ROJAS is currently in the custody of the US Marshals Service. Details concerning his return to Massachusetts to face the charges will be provided tomorrow.
Mr. ROJAS is presumed innocent until proven guilty.