PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An empty, bloody crime scene in Providence. A burned body in Lincoln. And later, an arrest in Central Falls.
David DeLeon, 19, was arraigned Monday in District Court in Providence on charges that he shot and killed a man on Nov. 20 in Providence’s Lower South Side. The police believe DeLeon then disposed of his victim in a Lincoln field and set the body on fire.
The first indications of a crime came about when Providence police officers responded to a tip about gunshots on Gordon Avenue at 10 p.m. on Nov. 20. They found a bloody scene.
Maj. David Lapatin said officers believed a shooting had occurred hours earlier and, based on the amount of blood, feared it had been fatal.
Minutes later on that same night, emergency workers extinguishing a brush fire on Lincoln Meadows Road in Lincoln