NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man with a lengthy criminal record has been arrested as a suspect in a recent home invasion in which a man was fatally shot and his mother was hospitalized.
Dari Max Garcia, 24, of Providence, was arraigned Monday night at Rhode Island Hospital on a long list of charges in the murder of 26-year-old Richard Catalano in North Providence.
Law enforcement spent nearly 24 hours at the Eliot Avenue home Monday after they responded to find Catalano suffering from a single gunshot wound to the neck. He later died from his injury.
Catalano’s mother was also shot and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. The police chief said she is expected to survive.
Several neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard the gunshots and saw the victim covered in blood.
“I saw a lady come out, she was covered in blood or what looked like blood, it was coming down her leg, she was screaming. there was another lady holding her two dogs and a man, he had some blood on his shirt,” said neighbor Juan Rios.
Aside from first-degree murder, police said Garcia was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, carrying a firearm without a license, altering the identification number of a firearm, using a firearm while committing a crime of violence, firing a weapon in a compact area, mutilation, and assault with intent to commit a felony.
The mutilation charge was the result of the suspect biting the finger of Catalanos’ mother, according to police.
Police said Garcia has a “lengthy” criminal background following an incident in February in which he was shot in the abdomen during an altercation with a police officer. He had just finished a two-year prison sentence for narcotics violations, and after the shooting he was charged with domestic assault and possession of heroin, among other charges.
In March, a grand jury declared the officer’s actions justified and cleared him of all wrong-doing.