By Marilyn Gutierrez –
On Sunday, August 16, Worcester Police received a call from an individual that he had been shot in the hand. Before dispatch could get a location of the individual, the call disconnected. Dispatch however was able to trace the call to the area of 36 Cambridge St.
Officers with the Worcester Police were dispatched to the area of 36 Cambridge St. and upon arrival they searched the area for a person who had been shot. Officers located an individual in the area of Haynes St. and Cambridge St. that had been shot in the hand. The individual who was identified by officers as Robert Dupuls, 30, of 11 Doris St. and he was transported to an area hospital to be treated for a non-life threatening injury.
At the hospital, Dupuls informed officers that he was on Stoneland Rd. when he met up with an individual known as “Red” and that they were going back to “Red’s” home to smoke marijuana when a vehicle with two Black males approached them and attempted to steal a fanny pack that he was wearing. It was during this time that allegedly Dupuls had been shot in the hand.
While investigating this shooting incident, Worcester Police received a call from St. Vincent’s Hospital that a male who was bought into the Emergency Department had been shot in the left temple and right hand. Shortly after the male arrived, he was pronounced dead.
The victim at St. Vincent’s Hospital was identified by officers as Quentin Jacobs-Hylton A.K.A. “Red” and on August 18, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined that his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was homicide.
Jacobs-Hylton was transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital by his girlfriend who informed Worcester Police that Jacobs-Hylton and herself were on their way home but Jacobs-Hylton received a call from a male who wanted to buy cocaine.
The Girlfriend informed police that Jacobs-Hylton and herself met a white male and a Hispanic male on Stoneland Rd. Both males entered their vehicle in the rear seat. The White male was later identified as Dupuls and the Hispanic male was later identified as Malek Matos, 34, of 2 Hitchcock Rd.
The Girlfriend informed police that Jacobs-Hylton refused to sell them cocaine because one of them owed Jacobs-Hylton money. After refusing to sell them cocaine, Dupuls pulled out a firearm, pointed it in the direction of the front seat where Jacobs-Hylton was seated, there was a struggle and then Jacobs-Hylton was shot.
When speaking to police the girlfriend did not know who the white male was however, she did know who the Hispanic male was and she was able to give police information that would lead them to the Hispanic male.
While the Girlfriend was not able to tell police who the white male was, she was able to describe to police what he looked like.
During their investigation, Worcester Police reviewed video of the area during the time of the shooting and that video confirmed what the Girlfriend told police.
On Wednesday, August 19, Worcester Police filed an application for a criminal complaint and it was issued by the Worcester District Court.
Malek Matos was charged with A&B with firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without FID card, possession of firearm in felony and A&B with dangerous weapon serious bodily injury.
Robert Dupuls was charged with two counts of firearm-armed assault to rob, A&B with firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of ammunition without FID card.
Warrants were issued for both Dupuls and Matos who both fled the commonwealth. They have both been arrested and returned to Worcester. On Monday they were both arraigned in Worcester District Court.
Regarding this incident Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent said, “This is another example of the hard work and dedication of the Detective Bureau. I am proud of our investigators who are committed to removing violent offenders from our streets. Collectively, the work of all of our officers makes our city safer and improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”