According to a Cranston Police Department (CPD) press release, Colonel Michael Winquist, Chief of the CPD, recently announced that the department initiated a homicide investigation on April 5 that led to the arrest of a local man for first degree murder and the recovery of the victim identified as a Fall River woman reported missing on April 1, 2017.
On the afternoon of April 5, the CPD said they received an anonymous call that an individual by the name of James Lombardi had murdered a missing woman from Fall River and had buried her behind a vacant residence being renovated on Preston Avenue in Cranston. Detectives contacted the Fall River Police Department and learned they had taken a missing report on the evening of April 1 for Krystal Boswell, age 29. According to the reporting party, Boswell had left Fall River during the early morning hours of April 1, with a male named “Jimmy” who used a Rhode Island cellular telephone number.
Detectives were aware that a residence located at 9 Preston Ave. was recently sold and being renovated. They responded to the address and observed an area behind the residence where the ground appeared to have been disturbed. It was learned that a male subject named James Lombardi had recently performed work at the residence and was a recent acquaintance of Ms. Boswell. Detectives also received information that. Lombardi was seen in the rear of the same residence on the morning of April 2, digging a hole. A court-authorized search warrant was obtained to search the premises of the residence, as well as for Lombardi’s residence located at 45 Wakefield Ave. in Cranston.
Members of the CPD Criminal Identification Unit, assisted by the Rhode Island State Police Forensic Services Unit, initiated the search of the yard at 9 Preston Ave. on April 5 to include excavation of the area of interest. During the early morning hours of April 7, the body of Krystal Boswell was recovered several feet below ground.
The search warrant at 45 Wakefield St. was executed by the Cranston Police Special Reaction Team on the morning of April 6. This search of this location is ongoing with several items of possible evidentiary value being seized.
An autopsy was performed by the Rhode Island State Medical Examiner’s Office, at which time Ms. Boswell’s death was ruled a homicide. The preliminary manner of death was determined to be blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
An arrest warrant was subsequently obtained for
James Lombardi, age 32, of 45 Wakefield Ave. in Cranston, charging him with first-degree murder. Lombardi was apprehended without incident at an apartment complex located at 81 Spring St., Lincoln, Rhode Island by Cranston Police Detectives and members of the Rhode Island State Police. He was arraigned at the Third District Court in Warwick on Monday and ordered to be held without bail. He has a bail hearing on April 24.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Cranston Police Department Detective Sergeant Michael Gates (401) 477-5140. You may also contact us through our smartphone app, or anonymously through “TipSoft” at www/tipsubmit.com/webtipsstart.aspx. ASSAULT
On Monday at 3:02 a.m., Officer Langlais arrested Luis Tavarez, 21, of 81 Trask St. in Providence for domestic simple assault/battery, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism/malicious injury to property and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone. His arrest is the result of a disturbance at the Speedway located at 594 Reservoir Ave. Tavarez was held overnight awaiting arraignment at the Third District Court.
Officer Laquale arrested Jeffery Diaz, 35, of 293 Northup St. in Cranston on March 9 at 12:52 a.m. for domestic simple assault/battery and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone. His arrest is the result of the Rhode Island State Police dropping a prisoner off at headquarters. Diaz was held overnight to await arraignment by a justice of the peace.
On Saturday at 5:47 p.m. Officer Cragin arrested Todd Mitchell, 58, of 74 Lambert St., Apt. 112 in Cranston, for two counts of domestic disorderly conduct following a call for service at the aforementioned address. He was held overnight for arraignment.
Officer Merry arrested Felton Mann Jr., 22, of 120 Green St. in New Britain, Connecticut, on Saturday at 8:57 a.m. for disorderly conduct following a call for service at the New London Avenue Econo Lodge. He was arraigned by a justice of the peace and released.
A disturbance in the parking lot of Mardi Gras on Oaklawn Avenue on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. led to the arrest of arrested Johnathan Smith, 30, of 1041 York Ave. No. 1 in Pawtucket by Officer Leclair for disorderly conduct. He was held overnight for arraignment by a justice of the peace.
Multiple parties were arrested on Saturday at 4:51 p.m. following a motor vehicle stop at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Route 10.
Savanah Carides, 19, of 40 Wakefield Ave., Cranston, was arrested on April 8 at 4:51 p.m. by Officer Sullivan for license or permit required for carrying a pistol, possession of a stolen firearm, and conspiracy. He was held overnight for arraignment.
Derrick Crim, 24, of 957 Post Road, Apt. B104 in Warwick, was arrested for license or permit required for carrying a pistol, possession of a stolen firearm, and conspiracy and possession of arms after being convicted of a crime of violence. He was held overnight for arraignment.
Devin Roman, 20, of 80 Curtis St. in Providence, for license or permit required for carrying a pistol, possession of a stolen firearm and conspiracy. He was arraigned by a justice of the peace and transported to the ACI
Josten Carey, 19, of 861B Broad St., Apt 312 in Providence, for license or permit required for carrying a pistol, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of Schedule I-V drug. He was held overnight for arraignment.
On April 7 at 10:02 p.m. Officer Travers arrested Brianna Garuti, 28, of 143 Porter St., second floor in Providence, for two counts of shoplifting, resisting legal or illegal arrest and a Third District court bench warrant. Her arrest is the result of a call for service at the Broad Street CVS and a subsequent foot pursuit. She was held for arraignment by a justice of the peace.
Following a motor vehicle stop on Narragansett Boulevard on March 9 at 1:00 a.m., Officer Casaceli arrested Keywion Brown, 27, of 5 Salisbury St. No. 2 in Providence, for a Sixth District court bench warrant and driving after suspension of license, third offense or greater. Brown was given a district court summons and transported to the ACI Intake.