Two Arrests Made in Connection to July 30 Triple Homicide; Investigation Active and Ongoing
Providence Police assisted by offices of Attorney General, US Attorney, US Marshal and State Police
Providence, RI - Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré and Police Chief Hugh Clements today announced the arrest of a second suspect in the July 30 triple homicide at 151 General Street and discussed the events leading up to yesterday's arrests.
"I applaud Commissioner Paré, Chief Clements and the entire Providence Police Department. During a difficult summer, they have taken extra measures to arrest violent offenders and secure our streets," said Mayor Taveras. "This is not a day to celebrate, but it is a reminder that good police work and a firm commitment to public safety goes a long way to stand up for our communities."
The media briefing was also attended by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, U.S. Marshal Jamie Hainsworth and Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O'Donnell, whose officers assisted in the tireless investigation.
"I commend Providence Police Major Keith Tucker, Captain Michael Correia, Sergeant Fabio Zuena, and detectives Robert Washburn, and Frank Villella, for their tireless efforts working on this investigation. I would also like to acknowledge our federal partners, Rhode Island US Attorney Peter Neronha and Rhode Island US Marshal Jamie Hainsworth, the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, the Rhode Island State Police, and ATF who stood ready to assist us if needed," said Commissioner Pare.
Following the arrest yesterday morning of a 16-year-old juvenile, a second juvenile suspect, age 17, was taken into custody yesterday at approximately 9:45PM and transported to police headquarters after being located with assistance from the US Marshal Service and the Violent Fugitive Task Force.
Both juveniles are charged with three counts of murder, three counts of use of a firearm while committing a crime of violence and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Both juveniles were transported to the Rhode Island Training School to be held for Family Court appearances.
Providence Police began their investigation immediately following their response to 151 General Street on the evening of July 30. Detectives canvassed the area and a number of individuals were identified who possibly had information that might further the investigation.
Over the next several days numerous people were interviewed by detectives, leading to the identification of two possible suspects. Witness identifications that put these juvenile suspects going towards the General Street location as well as coming away from the location within the timeframe of the incident, coupled with additional information, led to arrest warrants being obtained from the Family Court.
This investigation is active and ongoing. Throughout the investigation, Special Assistant Attorney General James Baum, Deputy Chief Assistant Attorney General Randall White and Special Assistant Attorney General John Morreiro have been available and provided the Providence Police with guidance and assistance.
The investigation was led by Major Keith Tucker, Captain Michael Correia, Sergeant Fabio Zuena, and Detectives Robert Washburn and Frank Villella of the Providence Police Department.