Providence police ID suspect in weekend murder


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have a suspect in custody after a 41-year-old man was found dead inside his Providence apartment over the weekend.

Troy Ingram, 21, of Providence, was taken in for questioning Monday morning and later charged with murder, according to police. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in court on Tuesday.

Major David Lapatin said the victim—whose name has not yet been released pending positive identification—was originally from Pakistan and worked at a Smith Hill-area convenience store.

Captain Timothy O’Hara said police responded to the victim’s apartment at 123 Jewett St. around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after coworkers said he did not show up for the night shift at work. He was found dead inside.

Lapatin said it was a “gruesome scene,” but police are so far not describing the injuries that led to the man’s death. He was not shot or stabbed, according to police, and O’Hara described the injuries as “blunt force trauma.” A weapon has not yet been identified and the cause of death is pending autopsy results.

Eyewitness News looked into the suspects criminal past. Providence Police tell us Ingram was recently charged in connection to an alleged shoplifting incident at a local Walmart. 

Neighbors described the victim as a nice man who they frequently saw walking to his job at the 7-Eleven.

This is the city’s 8th homicide of the year.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the victim worked at a Smith Hill-area convenience store.

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