Cranston Police ID murder suspect captured in Providence

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A car crash in Providence Thursday afternoon led to the arrest of a suspect in a Cranston murder.

Cranston police, speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, identified the suspect as 23-year-old Jose Herpin.

Herpin is facing a first degree murder charge in the killing of 24-year-old Providence resident Jamal Vasquez on Harris Avenue in early September.

The police believe the alleged homicide stemmed from a fight between two women at a birthday party.

After Vasquez tried to intervene, Herpin allegedly shot him in the face.

A car crash on Valley Street in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood yesterday led to Herpin’s arrest.

He was arraigned in district court Friday morning.

“It is yet another example of the senseless tragedies caused by young men unlawfully carrying firearms to settle conflicts in meaningless disputes,” said Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist.

Herpin also faces gun charges and is being held without bail.

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