PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police arrested a man in connection with the city’s fourth homicide, but they don’t believe he acted alone.
Investigators are on the lookout for a second suspect involved in the murder of Satchel Ramos. Police said Ramos and his older brother tried to break up an argument on Atwells Avenue at about 2 a.m. Sunday when he was stabbed to death.
Col. Hugh Clements told Eyewitness News his department is working with other agencies on the case.
“We are making headway on this second suspect, and I’m confident we will identify who that second suspect is, as well as other individuals involved in the overall disturbance,” he said.
Eric Souza pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder Monday and was ordered held without bail.
So far this year, two homicides have taken place on Federal Hill while none were reported in 2013. Local politicians do not believe that residents should be startled, or feel any less safe.
“Crime is startling, but crime is happening just about everywhere,” said Providence City Councilman Bryan Principe.
State representative and former city council member John Lombardi agrees that Federal Hill is no less safe than almost everywhere else. “People want to come here with their families, enjoy a good dinner, have a drink, and absolutely they will feel safe.”
According to Ken Turchetta with the Federal Hill Commerce Association, police will be increasing patrols in the area from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. When the weather starts to get warmer, two officers will also be patrolling the area on foot overnight.
Ramos’ brother was also slashed in the altercation, police said.