Police: Woman hired hitman to kill cop’s mother

Michelle Larracuente (Photo courtesy of Providence Police)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence authorities have arrested a local woman for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill one of her neighbors, police said Monday.

According to police, Michelle Larracuente, 50, is charged with soliciting another to commit murder and soliciting another to commit first degree arson.

Police said Larracuente, of Garfield Street, was apprehended after an undercover investigation by the city’s intelligence unit.

According to police, the intelligence unit was contacted by members of the city’s arson squad on Wednesday about a murder-for-hire scheme. The scheme involved the murder of a Providence police officer’s mother, police confirmed.

According to a news release, the department was “advised that an individual had reported being approached by a female, later identified as Larracuente, who asked the individual to seriously injure the police officer’s mother, burn down her house and vandalize another home in exchange for money.”

Providence officers used video surveillance equipment to record meetings between the individual, who was cooperating with police, and Larracuente. She was recorded asking that the woman be “beaten so badly that she would die from her injuries,” police said.

According to authorities, the individual and Larracuente agreed on a price, and she paid the person a cash deposit during another meeting on Friday.

Larracuente was arrested without incident later that day.

She was arraigned Monday in Sixth District Court and was released on $100,000 surety bail pending home confinement. Police said she was also issued a no contact order with the victim.

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