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Posted 11/6/19

Cranston Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect in a brazen daytime break-in at a Doric Avenue home on Nov. 1.

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Suspect sought in home break-in

Cranston Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a brazen daytime break-in at a Doric Avenue home on Nov. 1.

The incident, which was captured by a security camera in the home, occurred at approximately 2:40 p.m. The suspect can be seen kicking open the door and entering the house before encountering an elderly male resident who was home at the time. At that point, the suspect flees.

According to Maj. Todd Patalano, police are working to collect and analyze physical evidence from the scene and to identify the suspect through the security video. That video, and several still images of the suspect, have been circulated via social media.

“We are hopeful that someone will recognize this suspect, so that we can apprehend him before he commits any more crime,” Patalano said in a statement to media members.

Anyone with information regarding the incident or the suspect’s identity is asked to contact Detective Robert Santagata at 477-5169. The department’s main line is 942-2211, and tips can be submitted anonymously through its website, cranstonpoliceri.com.

Driver in fatal crash pleads no contest to DUI charge

A Cranston man who was involved in a fatal 2018 drunk-driving incident has pleaded no contest to a charge of driving while intoxicated, death resulting.

Alpha Williams, 48, entered the plea Oct. 22 in Superior Court in Providence, according to the office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Prosecutors say Williams was fleeing police after being pulled over in Johnston on March 27, 2018, when he crashed his vehicle on Route 6 in Providence. David Johnson, Williams’ friend and a passenger in the vehicle, was killed. Williams was subsequently found to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Man sentenced to 10 years on firearms charges

A Cranston man has been sentenced to serve 10 years at the Adult Correctional Institutions after pleading no contest to a pair of felony firearms charges.

Suliva Hong, 27, entered the pleas to counts of possession of a pistol without a license and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence on Oct. 25 in Superior Court in Providence.

He then received a 20-year sentence – with 10 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation – from Justice Susan E. McGuirl.

According to the office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Hong – who was known to authorities as a member of the Dark Side Rascal Gang – was found to be in possession of a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol after being pulled over by Providence Police in September 2015.


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