PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence Police said they have two suspects in custody in a weekend homicide that left a 25-year-old man dead as he was getting into his car after a night out in the city.
Police identified the victim as Jacorey Sanders of New Bedford.
Two suspects in the murder have been identified as Anthony Sharpe, 24, and George Webb, 23, both from the Boston area. Major David Lapatin said police are looking for three more.
Lapatin said Sanders was at a nightclub Saturday night and spotted three people that he had previously had problems with, notifying police on detail at the club that they might be after him. According to Lapatin, the police denied the men entry to the club and escorted Sanders out the back exit. After escorting him into the Pride street festival taking place several streets away, Lapatin said Sanders told police he felt safe there and no longer needed assistance.
“He, I guess, wanted to stay there,” Lapatin told reporters Monday. “He felt safe enough to stay there with his girlfriend.”
It was around 1:30 a.m. when Lapatin said Sanders left the festivities and walked to his car, running into the suspects on the way. Lapatin said the suspects chased after him and one of them shot him as he was getting into his car on Garnet Street.
He was later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.
Police have recovered a handgun they believe was used in the shooting.
Lapatin said police captured two of the suspects based on a description put out by the nightclub. They are working with Boston Police to determine if the suspects have any gang affiliation.
Anthony Sharpe was the only suspect to appear in Providence District Court Monday afternoon, charged with murder and conspiracy. He was ordered to be held without bail.
Several of Sanders’ family members traveled from the Boston area to attend the arraignment in Providence. His great-aunt, Glenda Sanders, said Sanders was a father of two.
“Nothing is going to bring him back,” she said. “We want justice.”
New Bedford Police confirmed there was a warrant out for Sanders’ arrest in connection with a shots-fired incident that happened on May 24 in the South End of the city. It’s unclear if there is any connection between that incident and his murder.
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