Five days and no news about an arrest in the murder of a Milford man has left many residents on edge.
In the neighborhoods surrounding Main at Fruit streets, near where was found killed in his apartment Sunday, several residents say they are fearful.
No arrests have been made in the case, and police have released no information about the investigation. This is not unusual in a homicide investigation, but residents have said the lack of information makes them feel uneasy.
The investigation is being conducted by Milford and State Police detectives, who are assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney's Office. In an email, Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin said he couldn't comment on the investigation, but said residents in the area should not be frightened.
"I cannot comment on the particulars of the investigation other than to say that I do not believe that other residents of the Milford community should be concerned about their safety or well-being as a result of this tragic incident," he wrote.
according to FBI crime statistics. Milford has had six murders since 2004, according to the statistics.
His body was discovered about 9 a.m. Sunday by a friend, who walked in to police headquarters to report his friend had possibly had an overdose, according to authorities.
Police, who determined it was a probable homicide, called in State Police. The cause of death has not been released. Tim Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr., said at some point the public will be updated about the case. But that time isn't now, he said.
"We don't do play-by-plays on murder investigations," Connolly said.
The district attorney, who spoke to reporters briefly Sunday, outside the apartment, said Mendes was known to police.
According to records in Mendes had a criminal record in Milford that spanned three decades. In January 1992, he was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of liquor, and of leaving the scene, in a collision that resulted in the death of Milford resident Jamie Krzciuk. Mendes was sentenced to two years in prison, according to the court record.
More recently, he was arrested several times for drug possession or distribution. Six years ago, he was convicted of cocaine distribution, and sentenced to a five -year term in prison, the records state.
Regardless of the criminal record of the victim, several people say the homicide has left them feeling less secure. One man, who used to walk his dog down Main Street at night, when it's cooler outside, said he's avoiding the area now.
Others say the homicide on Main Street is out of the ordinary, and not a concern for them personally. The neighborhoods surrounding Main Street have many apartments, with frequent turnover of residents, but also homeowners or tenants who have lived in their homes for years.