Woonsocket domestic murder suspect back in RI

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BOSTON (WPRI) — Police in Woonsocket said Thursday that the suspect in a deadly stabbing has been charged with domestic murder.

Alvin Huggins, 31, was taken into custody Wednesday night by Boston police.

He was arraigned in Providence District Court Thursday — accused of stabbing 27-year-old Yanira Flores in the chest late Tuesday night at her home on Willow Street in Woonsocket.

Flores is the mother of Huggins’ two children.

“Information was discovered that Mr. Huggins had family ties in Boston, Mass. Working with the Boston Police Department and the Fugitive Task Force, Mr. Huggins was taken into custody in Dorchester, Mass.,” Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Carey said.

According to Carey, the couple’s children —  a boy, 6, and a girl, 4 — were inside the home when their mother was stabbed, but they were not present when police arrived at the scene.

Police said they were instead at a nearby relative’s home. So far, police have not said who called in to report Flores’ injuries.

“We’re still working on the murder weapon, too. Again, you want to make sure that whatever you find, that it’s the right one,” Carey said. “So we’ve still got some work to do on that. So I don’t want to say ‘yes, we have it.’ But again that’s just one aspect of the investigation we’re still working on.”

Police said that Huggins has a violent criminal history. Court papers indicate that Huggins was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison for stabbing a man in the neck with a knife, slashing the victim from his left ear to below his jaw line.

The court papers also indicate that Flores gave a witness statement to the incident, saying she thought Huggins used a pocket knife to slash the victim’s face.

Prosecutors said Huggins is a parole violator on four different offenses.

One of Flores’ brothers told Eyewitness News that he reached Huggins by phone after his sister’s death — he said that’s when Huggins told him he was headed to Connecticut, saying the whole thing was an accident.

Police did not confirm that statement Thursday.

The death marks Woonsocket’s first homicide of the year — and third domestic murder in more than five years.

“This is our third domestic murder in six years. And it is three too many,” Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt said.

Huggins is now being held without bail.

The investigation is ongoing and police are looking for possible witnesses.

“This is still an ongoing investigation. Even though we have Huggins in custody, he’s being reinterviewed today. If there are other charges, we will make those charges,” Carey said.

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