Neighbor of homicide victim arrested on separate charges

WPRI/Jared Pliner

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — Just two weeks after his neighbor’s death was ruled a homicide, a Cumberland man has been arrested on stolen property charges, but police have not said if the two cases are connected in any way.

According to Deputy Police Chief Douglas Ciullo, detectives executed a search warrant Wednesday at 34 Indiana Avenue, right next door to where 80-year-old Stanley J. Stowik Sr. died unexpectedly Oct. 9.

William Donnelly, 56, was taken into custody on stolen property charges out of the Attleboro area.

The circumstances of Stowik’s death were deemed “very suspicious,” and investigators gathered evidence at his home for several days. His cause of death was later determined to be homicidal violence.

Police said the information about Donnelly arose during the course of the homicide investigation. The deputy chief could not comment on whether the stolen property was connected to Stowik, or if Donnelly is a suspect in the homicide.

The state police mobile crime lab has been parked in the driveway since about noon Wednesday. Neighbors said they saw investigators going through trash barrels.

Donnelly is being held in police custody until he appears in court Thursday.

The investigation into Stowik’s death remains active.

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