Suspect held without bail for fatal Cumberland Farms stabbing

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A North Providence man has been ordered held without bail for a fatal stabbing at a Cumberland Farms over the weekend.

Christopher Cabajal, 27, was charged with first-degree murder, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct after police say he stabbed Brian Cervini, 60, twice in the back while he was at the counter inside the convenience store on Smith Street Saturday afternoon.

Moments before the stabbing, police say Cervini was purchasing a cup of coffee when Cabajal exited a bathroom and took out a large knife.

“He then proceeds to put his hood on his jacket, takes out a large knife, and proceeds to stab the victim twice in the back. The victim proceeds to fight back, at which time he collapses on the floor and this defendant, again, proceeds to attack him while he’s on the floor and runs out of the store,” said Det. William Shurick of the North Providence Police Department.

As Cabajal fled the store, witnesses followed him and directed officers to his whereabouts.

He was taken into custody outside of the Rhode Island Billiard, Bar and Bistro. Police said after a brief struggle, the suspect was ‘subdued’ with a taser.

Cervini was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police say it does not appear the suspect and victim knew each other.

Carbajal remains held without bail at the ACI. The case will now head to the Grand Jury.

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