Police: Two people found dead in Providence were killed in Central Falls


Providence Police on Harris Avenue where two people were found dead on Friday night. (WPRI/Ryan Welch)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The two people found shot to death in a car in Providence on Friday night were killed in Central Falls, according to Providence Police Maj. David Lapatin.

Lapatin said detectives have determined through the investigation that the murders happened in Central Falls and the bodies were driven to Providence.

Central Falls Police identified the victims Monday afternoon as Hailey K. Bennett and Ostwald “Danny” Sanchez.

Both of them were shot, according to Lapatin.

An Amtrak worker found their bodies in a car parked on train tracks on Harris Avenue, according to police, and called 911.

Jose Diaz Marmolejos was arrested in Central Falls just hours after the murder on Friday night.

He was initially charged by Providence Police with two counts of first-degree murder, but the charges were dropped and re-filed by Central Falls Police once it was determined that the alleged murders happened in that city.

A press release from Central Falls says “video surveillance and other evidence” led detectives to the location of the homicide, which was not released.

Police have not released any information about a motive or relationship between Diaz Marmolejos and the two victims.

Court documents say Diaz Marmolejos was held without bail at his video-conference arraignment Monday morning.

Steph Machado (smachado@wpri.com) covers Providence, politics and more for WPRI 12. Connect with her on Twitter and on Facebook

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