Man arrested in murder of ex-Marine in Providence, police say

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police said Wednesday that an arrest has been made in a homicide that happened last month.

Major David Lapatin said Robert Fontaine, 75, was found dead in his Ethan Street apartment the night of Aug. 24.

Investigators determined that Fontaine, an ex-Marine, was followed home and physically assaulted in his apartment. He died from his injuries.

During the initial investigation, the death was originally not deemed suspicious, but was later confirmed a homicide by the medical examiner.

Robert Ayers, 44, was arrested the following day and charged with murder.

The suspect is not believed to have known the victim, added Lapatin.

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