Police: 2 men on the run, wanted for their involvement in January homicide

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence Police say arrests have been made in connection to a deadly double shooting on January 16. Police said that the two were shot at the intersection of Elmwood and Potters Avenues just before 3 a.m.

Investigators arrested a 17-year-old male from Fall River, who allegedly fired the shots. The juvenile is being charged with murder, conspiracy, and several firearm charges.

According to major David Lapatin, 35-year-old Biniam Tsegai, of Portland, Maine, died at the scene after being shot multiple times.

Merhawi Berhe 28, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. Police said he is still recovering in the hospital.

In a media briefing Friday, Major David Lapatin announced the arrest of two men charged as accomplices.

Brendan Bindig, 26, of Fall River, and Jeffrey Sekwas, 25, of Attleboro were taken into custody January 26.

According to Lapatin, two more men are still on the run, and wanted for their involvement.

Providence Police are seeking assistance from the public related to two additional men involved, Elvis Julian 5/24/88 of Boston and another unidentified subject, who are wanted for murder and conspiracy. Anyone with information related to the whereabouts of these men or information regarding this homicide should contact Providence Police Detective Sergeant Charles Vieira at (401) 497-0098 or Detective Raymond Majeau at (401) 340-5612.

Speaking with ABC6 News back on January 16, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he was devastated to hear about the fatal shooting.

“It was late at night, after they may have been somewhere else in the city. They went to this after-hours place, and walking into the after-hours place they were shot.”

Elorza said investigators believe the shooting was targeted.

According to police, one of the men was pronounced dead. The second victim survived.

Just feet away from the violence, stands the Truth Tabernacle Church. Pastor John Owens told ABC6 News he wasn’t surprised to hear what took place just hours earlier.

“We hear gunshots frequently in the area. There’s a lot of prostitution, and drugs, and homelessness,” he explained. He said just a few years ago, a stray bullet went right through the church windows.

“I’m not surprised when carjackings take place and they arrest the guy in our church parking lot.”

The pastor says instead of letting the negativity spread and continue, he does what he can to get involved in the community.

“When I see it I try to engage in whatever I can do to help people.”

This marks the city’s first homicide of the year.

Providence saw 23 murders in 2021, the most the Capital City has seen since 2009.

“I pray for you all, we pray for this community, and we pray for that family now.”

Anyone with information regarding the homicide is asked to contact Providence Police Detective Sergeant Charles Vieira at (401) 497-0098 or Detective Raymond Majeau at (401) 340-5612.

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