Nursing home death ruled city’s 17th homicide

Bannister House in Providence (Photo: Susan Campbell/WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The September death of an 80-year-old Providence man has been classified as a homicide, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

Ramon Santiago died Sept. 26, a week after Providence police say he was pushed and hit his head in Bannister House, a long-term care facility on Dodge Street in the city’s West End.

According to a police report obtained by, another man struck Santiago with his shoulder after the man became enraged when he was told he was not authorized to take a bus to Narragansett. Santiago fell back and struck his head on the floor.

Santiago survived for a week before he passed away.

Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin said the suspect in the case had not yet been charged as of Friday afternoon.

“We’ve been working that case. There’s other issues we’re dealing with while we handle the case.,” said Lapatin, who would not elaborate on what those issues were. “I think very shortly it will come to a conclusion.”

Santiago’s death was the city’s 17th homicide of 2014. Providence reported 14 homicides for all of 2013.

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