Providence homicide ‘person of interest’ in custody following multi-car crash

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have confirmed a person of interest in last week’s homicide in Providence is now in custody.

He was arrested following a multi-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in the area of Branch Avenue and Charles Street.

Heavy police presence converged the accident scene shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, temporarily closing the streets to traffic.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin told Eyewitness News police had been looking for a red car in connection with their investigation into a homicide in the city on Friday. On Monday, an officer on patrol spotted the car on Douglas Avenue near the Chad Brown Housing projects. That car gave chase, and Lapatin said it ultimately sped through the intersection of Branch Avenue and Charles Street, colliding with three other cars.

Lapatin said the driver of the car then fled on foot but was arrested a short distance away in a yard on Touro Street.

According to Lapatin, the driver of the car and his two passengers were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. No one else was seriously hurt.

Lapatin said the man will be questioned by police about Friday’s homicide.

Police Monday afternoon identified the victim of That homicide as Adalberto Martinez, 36, from Providence; police said he was shot and killed inside an auto body shop on Amherst Street just before 3 p.m. Friday.