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MURDER

Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Chief of the Cranston Police Department, last Wednesday announced the arrest of a 17-year-old juvenile male for the murder of a local man found deceased in Massachusetts.

According to a press release, on July 18, 2017, at approximately 3 a.m., a patrol officer from the Attleboro Police Department on routine patrol came upon a deceased male along the wood line adjacent to Prescott Street. The body was smoldering as it appeared it had been set on fire and self-extinguished. A preliminary examination revealed the victim had also been shot. Based on the location and condition of the victim, investigators from the Attleboro Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Bristol County Detective Unit initiated a homicide investigation. 

Massachusetts investigators positively identified the victim as Valdez Loiseau, age 24. Massachusetts investigators conducted inquiries through law enforcement databases and learned that Loiseau may have lived at 15 Edgewood Ave. in Cranston. On the afternoon of July 18, Massachusetts investigators requested assistance from the Cranston Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police in responding to 15 Edgewood Avenue in an effort to further the investigation. 

While speaking with individuals at the residence, investigators learned that Loiseau resided there with his girlfriend, identified as Melonie Perez, age 35, and her 17-year-old son. It was also learned that Loiseau was last seen at the residence the night before his body was discovered and that he had allegedly been involved in a physical altercation with Perez.

Perez and her son agreed to voluntarily come to Cranston Police Department Headquarters to be interviewed. While inside the residence, investigators observed a semi-automatic handgun and blood on the bottom of Perez’s shoes. Based on these observations, investigators secured the residence and applied for a court-authorized search warrant.

During an interview with investigators, the 17-year-old male made an admission that he had shot Loiseau inside the residence with a handgun. He further stated that he had shot Loiseau as a result of an altercation that he alleged occurred between Loiseau and his mother. The 17-year-old male stated that he and his mother then transported Loiseau’s body to Attleboro where he placed it in a wooded area and set it on fire.

Members of the Cranston Police Department Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit, assisted by the Rhode Island State Police Forensic Services Unit, processed the scene and recovered two handguns as well as other items of possible evidentiary value.

The following is a list of individuals and the charges that have been charged:

17-year-old male from the City of Cranston

· Murder (1st degree)

· Use of a Firearm while Committing a Crime of Violence

· Compounding or Concealing a Felony

Subject will be remanded to the Rhode Island Training School

Melonie Perez, age 35, of 15 Edgewood Ave.

· Compounding or Concealing a Felony

· Report of Crimes to Law Enforcement Officials

· Vandalism

Arraigned this afternoon in 3rd District Court and released on $10,000 personal recognizance

Samantha Rastella, age 18, of 152 Laurens St., Cranston

· Compounding or Concealing a Felony

· Report of Crimes to Law Enforcement Officials

Arraigned this afternoon in 3rd District Court and released on personal recognizance

17-year-old male from the City of Cranston

· Possession of Ammunition by a Minor

Released to a parent to be petitioned to the Rhode Island Family Court

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Mark Mayer, 24, of 6 Winthrop St. Apt. 1 in Cranston, was arrested on July 21 just after midnight by Officers Leclair and Smith arrested for DUI/Drugs/Alcohol first offense, duty to stop-accident resulting-damage to attended vehicle, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. The arrest was the result of a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Cranston Street and Gansett Avenue.  

On July 20 at 1:07hrs Officer LeClair arrested Deborah Testa, 42, of 84 Warman Ave. for DUI first offense. Her arrest the result of a motor vehicle stop in the area of Meshanticut Valley Parkway and New London Ave.

ASSAULT

On July 23 at 11:40 p.m. Officer Smith arrested Sharlene Matera, 30, of 12 Boswell St. first floor in Foster for simple assault and disorderly conduct. The arrest was the result of a disturbance at the intersection of Park and Phenix Avenues. Matera was held for arraignment in the morning. 

Jacob Polion, 18, of 91 Curry Road in Cranston, was arrested on July 20 at 9:42 p.m. by Officer Travers for simple assault. The arrest was the result of an assault that took place at Shell Gas on 1207 Pontiac Ave. He was held for arraignment.

DISORDERLY

Officer Dimbleby and Sergeant Antonucci arrested Angel Ciaramello, 40, of 205 Adams St. in Warwick on July 22 at 11:10 p.m. for disorderly conduct and simple assault. The arrest was the result of a disturbance on Phenix Ave. in the area of 39 West. Ciaramello was held for arraignment.  On July 23 at 2:25 p.m. Officers Laplume and Troiano arrested Dakota Cherms, 22, of 50 John St. in Warwick, for vandalism, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The arrest was the result of vandalism in progress that was witnessed by a passerby at the Taco Bell at 1076 Reservoir Ave. Cherms was held for arraignment in the morning.  Kurt Ficocelli, 30, of 152 Regent St. Apt. 2 in Providence was arrested on July 21 at 3:04 a.m. by Officers Smith and Corvese domestic disorderly conduct, domestic simple assault and resisting arrest. The arrest was the result of an assault report taken earlier at the Coffee Bean at 1111 Cranston St.

KIDNAPPING

At approximately 4:13 p.m. on July 21 Officers Dempsey and Troiano arrested Richard Ruggieri, 45, of 13525 Bartram Park Apt. #1331 in Jacksonville, Florida, for kidnapping, trafficking of persons for forced labor or commercial sexual activity and resisting legal or illegal arrest as a result of a call for service. He was held for arraignment.

POSSESSION

On July 20 at around 11 p.m. Officers Dagnese and Corvese arrested Adam Osman, 28, of 21 Elmore St. first floor in North Providence, for two counts manufacturing/possession/deliver a Schedule I/II drug (possession of crack-cocaine and possession of cocaine), violation of no contact order-3rd/subsequent offense, and driving without/expired license-3rd/subsequent offense. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop at the intersection of Park and Wellington Avenues. He was held for arraignment.  Also arrested was Sheri Deschane, 50, of 71 Whiterock Road, Apt. D Westerly, for possession of a Schedule I-V drug. She was held for arraignment.

SUSPENDED LICENSE

Officer Corvese arrested Nathan Goldsmith, 53, of 109 Massachusetts Ave., Providence, on July 20 at approximately 6:52 hrs. for driving on a suspended license (third offense or greater), obstructing an officer in execution of duty, and a Family Court bench warrant as a result of a motor vehicle stop.

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