CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Police have arrested two men and are looking for a third in connection with an armed home invasion in Cranston Friday afternoon.
The investigation began when officers responded to an apartment building on Fernbrook Court for reports of a home invasion, according to Col. Michael Winquist.
Investigators believe the three men were wearing masks and armed with handguns when they smashed a window to get inside.
Winquist said no one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.
Officers eventually found the getaway car the suspects were in. Following a brief pursuit, Winquist said all three men abandoned the vehicle on Florida Avenue and ran behind Cranston Print Works.
Winquist said the first suspect, identified only as a 19-year-old man with a criminal history, was found hiding in the leaves along the Pocasset River by a K-9 who picked up his scent.
“I think the dog flushed him out,” Winquist explained. “Hearing the noise of the dog coming … he moved a few times, and we were able to apprehend him without incident.”
The second suspect, identified as 19-year-old Daevon Silva, was apprehended a few hours later after he asked two people sitting inside a parked car on Florida Avenue if he could borrow their phone.
“They were aware of the search and called 911,” Winquist explained.
Winquist confirmed that Silva was one of seven people arrested on the Block Island ferry during a tumultuous weekend over the summer. Silva was arrested and charged again a few weeks later for stealing a car in Pawtucket.
Winquist said officers will be patrolling the neighborhood throughout the night searching for the third suspect. Anyone who spots him is urged to call 911 immediately.