Police make 3 arrests in deadly Providence shooting


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Three men have been arrested in connection with a September shooting in Providence that killed one woman and wounded another, city police confirmed Friday.

Marklyn Brown, 25, Jimmy Castillo, 28, and Johnny Veng, 29, were arraigned Friday morning on 16 felony counts apiece including the murder of Berta Pereira-Roldan. All three were ordered held without bail.

“It was a long investigation,” Major David Lapatin said. “Great work by detectives. Big evidence trail to follow, they followed it, and we were able to come up with these suspects.”

Pereira-Roldan, 19, of Revere, Mass., was pronounced dead at the Detroit Avenue scene after she was shot in the early-morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 30. The college student recently had a birthday and she and some friends were out celebrating when the shooting took place.

Another woman, Crystal Peloquin, 38, of North Providence, was shot several times and now, more than four months later, she’s still recovering.

“From what I understand, she’s still going through surgeries and has a long road to recovery,” Lapatin added.

The two victims did not know each other and were not the intended targets of the shooting, according to police.

Pereira-Roldan’s family was in court Friday but declined to comment.

Lapatin said the shooting remains under investigation and additional arrests are possible.

“I can’t even begin to explain…when you have a gun and just keep shooting it like that, many times, you see the outcome – just a complete tragedy,” he said.

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