Providence murder suspect turns himself in; teen girl still missing

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The search continues for a missing Providence teenager as the murder suspect she was thought to be with turned himself in on Tuesday.

Aliah Trinidad, 14, has been missing since July 3. Police say she was last seen leaving her family’s apartment on Progress Avenue, which is in the same building where Jorge L. Gonzalez Colon was murdered two days prior.

Gonzalez Colon, 37, was a contractor working on another unit in the building when he was shot and killed around 11:30 p.m. on July 1.

Last Wednesday, police issued a warrant for the arrest of Felix Hernandez-Rosado, 18, in connection with the murder and said Trinidad may be with him and in danger.

Following Hernandez-Rosado’s arraignment on Wednesday, his defense attorney, Joseph Voccola, said his client made arrangements to surrender to police as soon as he learned of the warrant.

“He did that voluntarily,” Voccola added. “That’s a huge step in the right direction in addressing the case.”

Hernandez-Rosado faces charges of first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, and use of a firearm commissioned in an act of violence, and engaging in sexual penetration with a minor.

“Nothing alleged between the two of of them was non-consensual,” Voccola said of the last charge.

A motive for the killing is currently unclear. Police said it didn’t appear the suspect and victim knew each other.

Voccola said his client wants to have the case and matter handled expeditiously and have his side heard.

“There is a whole other side to this story,” Voccola said. “Unfortunately, at this early stage, I’m just not at liberty to discuss that.”

The prosecutor referred to Hernandez-Rosado as a bail and parole violator. He’s due back in court for a bail hearing on July 29.

This story has been modified due to developments in the case.

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