Leicester Man Indicted for Pleasant St. Murder, Second City Shooting

March 27, 2024

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811

WORCESTER – A Leicester man was indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting at a Pleasant Street business last November and is facing additional charges for a non-fatal shooting that occurred on Illinois Street last August, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Marcel Santos-Padgett, 31, was charged with murder in the death of Yueping Zhang, 34, who was found deceased inside Angie’s Body Work Spa at 383 Pleasant St. on Nov. 23, 2023. A Worcester County Grand Jury handed up indictments against him last week on three counts including murder, possession of a loaded firearm not at home or work, and possession of a firearm not at home or work.

Santos-Padgett was also charged in a shooting that occurred on Aug. 20, 2023 at approximately 2:40 a.m. on Illinois Street. A woman was shot at during the incident but was uninjured.

A Worcester Police investigation into the Pleasant Street homicide resulted in evidence leading to the charges against Santos-Padgett in the Illinois Street shooting.

Santos-Padgett was indicted on the additional charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a loaded firearm not at home or work, and possession of a firearm not at home or work.

On Nov. 24, Santos-Padgett was arrested for his involvement in the Pleasant Street shooting on the charge of armed assault with intent to murder. On Dec. 13, he was charged with murder in Worcester Central District Court.

The indictment moves the case to Worcester Superior Court. Santos-Padgett will be arraigned on Thursday.

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