West Bridgewater murder suspect arrested in RI

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NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Massachusetts murder suspect who was arrested in North Providence could be extradited to the Bay State as early as Tuesday.

34-year-old Danny Lopes Jr. faced a judge Monday for the murder of 72-year-old Julia Fernandez.

Police say Lopes beat Fernandez inside her home before fleeing to Rhode Island.

North Providence police arrested him at an apartment close to the police station.

“She was found to be bludgeoned to death about the head. At this time we believe the murder weapon was a fireplace log,” said Plymouth County District Attorney, Tim Cruz.

Officials say Fernandez was Lopes’ late father’s girlfriend. Police have not revealed a motive.

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