Police: Suspect charged in brutal beating of elderly couple


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police have charged a suspect with the brutal beating of two elderly residents.

According to police, 25-year-old Viden Chhoeun, of Providence, is accused of attacking an elderly couple Wednesday night.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, officers were called to 131 Linwood Avenue where they found the elderly couple, identified as Raphael and Maricela Carraso of Providence, on the ground.

Officers said Raphael had facial injuries and both his eyes swollen shut, while his wife was unconscious nearby. Both are in their 70s.

Maricela regained consciousness as a Providence Fire Department rescue arrived and was able to tell officers that her husband had run out of gas at the intersection of Linwood Avenue and Cranston Street, so she went to meet him with a can of gas. As she arrived, a man ran out of a house at the intersection, yelled at her husband, and then started striking him in the head and face with a metal baseball bat.

She told police she tried to throw the gas can at the man, who then turned around and hit her in the leg with the bat, then knocked her out after she fell to the ground.

Mugshot courtesy of Providence Police

The couple was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. At last check, Raphael was in critical condition and Maricela was in serious condition.

An eyewitness who was walking nearby told officers that the man, described as a heavyset Asian man, ran off after the attack.

“It’s just despicable what’s happened to these elderly people,” said Providence Police Major David Lapatin Thursday. “Hopefully we can wrap this up by the end of the day or tomorrow.”

Chhoeun is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning. He is facing charges of felony assault and assault on a person over 60 with injury.

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