Central Falls man charged in Providence murder

David DeLeon (Mugshot: Providence Police Department)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Central Falls man faced a judge Monday on charges he shot and killed a man in Providence last week, the office of Attorney General Peter Kilmartin confirmed.

According to the AG’s office, David DeLeon was arrested for a murder that took place Nov. 20.

City police said they responded to Gordon Avenue to investigate reports of gunshots and arrived to find a bloody crime scene, but no victim.

Later that day, Lincoln firefighters were working to put out a brush fire at a vacant lot on Lincoln Meadows Drive when they came across human remains.

David DeLeon (Mugshot: Providence Police Department)
David DeLeon (Mugshot: Providence Police Department)

Providence Police Major David Lapatin could not initially confirm if the two incidents were connected since the charred body had not yet been identified, but said detectives had a “strong interest” in the Lincoln case.

On Monday, Lapatin said investigators now believe DeLeon disposed of the victim’s body in Lincoln and set it on fire, our news partners at the Providence Journal report.

DeLeon, 19, was arraigned Monday and ordered held without bail.

According to court records, he was arrested on drug charges in Pawtucket back in September.

DeLeon is due back in court Dec. 12.