Suspect arrested in 2013 Pawtucket homicide

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The suspect in a 2013 homicide is being held at the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston following his arrest on Friday.

Pawtucket police say a Providence Grand Jury hearing returned a true bill indictment for 47-year-old Juan Gibson in connection to a home invasion in May 2013 and the murder of Jeffrey Lebrun in July 2013.

A state warrant was then issued for Gibson’s arrest.  

Eyewitness News spoke with Lebrun back in May 2013, when he said two masked men went into his home early one Sunday morning. At the time, he was convinced the men were trying to kill him.

“Once I knew this guy was trying to kill me I grabbed his hand and I locked him up, and I took it out of his hand,” Lebrun said.

His wife and daughter were also home that night. According to police reports, Lebrun had told police he may have been targeted because he was a medical marijuana user and grower.

“One of the guys pushed to the couch, grabbed me by the throat, had me at knifepoint and was trying to stab me in the face,” Lebrun said.

Roughly two months later, Lebrun was killed in a shooting.

At the time, investigators said they didn’t have evidence to support a link between the two crimes, but said it was something they were looking into.

Now, almost six years later, the alleged killer has been charged.

Pawtucket police say, detectives, along with the State Violent Fugitive Task Force, apprehended Gibson at his workplace on Friday.  

He was transported to the ACI, where he is awaiting a formal court arraignment in Providence Superior Court on Monday morning.

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