Massachusetts

Police: Santeria priest accused of stealing human remains from cemetery to be arraigned

This booking photograph released Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, by the Hartford, Conn., Police Department shows Amador Medina, arrested Friday on fugitive from justice charges, and suspected of stealing skeletal remains from a Worcester, Mass., cemetery. Medina is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Hartford. Police said they recovered the remains of five bodies after going to his Hartford home on Friday.  (Hartford Police Department via AP)

This booking photograph released Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, by the Hartford, Conn., Police Department shows Amador Medina, arrested Friday on fugitive from justice charges, and suspected of stealing skeletal remains from a Worcester, Mass., cemetery. Medina is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Hartford. Police said they recovered the remains of five bodies after going to his Hartford home on Friday. (Hartford Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Connecticut man described by police as a Santeria priest who stole skeletal remains from a Massachusetts cemetery for religious ceremonies is scheduled to face a judge.

Thirty-two-year-old Amador Medina is expected to be arraigned Monday in Hartford on a charge of being a fugitive from justice from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Hartford police say they discovered the remains of five people Friday in Medina's apartment.

Worcester police have obtained an arrest warrant accusing Medina of five counts of disinterment of bodies and other crimes. Authorities say the remains of three adults and two young children were stolen two months ago from a family mausoleum that dates to 1903.

Medina is in custody. It's not clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.