Providence Police responded this afternoon to a suspicious package found next to the Omni Hotel in downtown. The package was found on the sidewalk. Police quickly blocked off streets to the area. But Police Commissioner Steven Pare says the package contained a computer and nothing more. Pare said the entire force is on high alert after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Providence Police say crime in the city fell four percent last year. The news comes as detectives investigate the capital city’s first murder of the year. Twenty-year-old Wesley Smith was gunned down Wednesday night on Dudley Street in south Providence.
Both burglaries and robberies fell by double digits, continuing a 20-year trend.
There were five more murders last year than there were in 2011. But Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says even the higher number is consistent with the city’s 20 year average of 20 murders per year.
The family of a missing Brown student says while tips are pouring in, there are still no significant leads. The 22-year-old has been missing since March 16th. Providence Police had said that the family thought Sunil Tripathi committed suicide, but the family is now ruling that out.
The father of Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi says every day the family calls homeless shelters, hospitals and is plastering fliers up in areas his son liked to visit, hoping that someone knows where he is.