Providence sees rise in number of homicides

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Three people have been killed in Providence in the past three weeks, and with those crimes the city has seen an increase in homicides over last year.

There have been 17 homicides so far in 2014 with a month and a half left to go in the year. There have only been two months this year when there wasn’t a homicide in Providence – April and August.

Last year the city saw 14 homicide investigations, while there were 12 in 2011, 17 in 2012, and 15 in 2010.

On Friday, police announced the September death of an elderly man in a Providence nursing home has been classified as a homicide, while an arrest was made in the recent fatal assault of a panhandler near the I-95 off-ramp at Branch Avenue.

“I would say that the police department did a really good job this year,” said Providence Police Major David Lapatin. “Unfortunately sometimes numbers do rise. Some of the homicides were beyond the control of anyone, and our main goal is, and always will be, to keep the city safe, and that’s what we try to do day in and day out.”

Our records indicate that no arrests have been made in seven of this year’s homicides, but police have indicated they have a suspect they’re looking for in several of those cases.

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