Police ID Providence Place mall murder victim as suspect faces judge


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man suspected of stabbing another man to death inside the Providence Place mall appeared in court Friday morning.

Riky Hilario Cabral, 22, was arraigned on a murder charge and ordered held without bail as a probation violator.

The victim was identified Friday by city police as Nazzique Hernandez, 19, of Providence.

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said the stabbing took place following a “melee” involving six men late Thursday morning in the food court.

Clements said the victim and suspects knew each other, calling it an “isolated incident.”

Cabral was one of four people taken into custody thereafter. He’s the only one who’s been charged so far and the other three have since been released, but Major David Lapatin said more charges could be filed as detectives continue to investigate.

“We are still sorting things out,” Lapatin said Friday. “There were other people involved in a fight prior to the stabbing. We are looking at that and there might be some additional charges on other people.”

Riky Hilario Cabral (Photo: Providence Police Department)

Detectives are looking into whether the fight was gang-related, according to Lapatin, and whether it was connected to a pair of gun-related incidents that took place later on Thursday.

Police said a 21-year-old man arrived at Rhode Island Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head just after 4 p.m., but they’re unsure exactly when and where the shooting took place since the victim was “highly uncooperative.”

Police are also investigating a report of shots fired in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. According to the police report, a man told officers his SUV was hit twice by bullets while he was driving on Viola Street with his two daughters in the back seat.

A woman who lives on the street also showed police how a bullet went through the wall of her second-floor apartment and hit a window in her living room, the report said. A witness told police they heard about seven gunshots.

Cabral is due back in court on September 24. Court records show he has a criminal history dating back to August 2018, with charges including domestic assault, drug possession, and carrying a firearm without a license.

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