Providence homicide victim identified

Police blocked off Hillcrest Avenue and towed away an SUV after a body was found there Saturday morning. (Brian Yocono/WPRI)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Police have identified the man found dead on a Providence street Saturday morning.

Major David Lapatin identified the victim as 48 year-old Robert Denson. He was found on the sidewalk on Hillcrest Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday and is the city’s 13th homicide victim this year.

Police did not release anything further on the investigation Sunday.

City Councilor Michael Correia told Eyewitness News that the murder is far from the first incident that has occurred on Hillcrest Avenue, and has asked the city to add lights and cameras, as well as trim back branches and brush along the road that make it very dark at night.

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