Providence Death Ruled Homicide, Victim IDd

A weekend suspicious death in Providence has been ruled a homicide by the Providence Police Department. ABC6 Reporter Malini Basu has more…


On Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm, Providence Police patrol units were dispatched to 1182 Chalkstone Avenue for a report from the Providence Fire Department of a sudden death. 

Upon arrival, officers secured the scene and the Rhode Island Medical Examiners office responded and took custody of the deceased.  The victim was identified as Lisbeth Catalan, DOB 6-30-88, of 1182 Chalkstone Avenue, Providence. 

An in-depth investigation then began by the Providence Police Detective Bureau and a suspect was developed identified as Victor Onishi, DOB 7-4-80, of the above address.  At approximately 5:30 am, Massachusetts State Police found Onishi parked in his vehicle on 195 West in the city of Fall River, MA. 

Due to his medical condition at that time he was transported a local Massachusetts hospital where he was admitted.  Providence Police Detectives learned of his whereabouts and responded to the hospital where he was eventually taken into custody following the issuance of an arrest warrant for murder. 

He is still admitted at the Massachusetts hospital at this time and will be presented to the Courts in Fall River when cleared medically.  The investigation was conducted by Detective Sergeant Fabio Zuena, Detectives John Muriel, Angelo Avant, Carlos Sical and Steve Gencarella.