Little Compton man on suspended sentence, charged with B&E again

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LITTLE COMPTON — A 28-year-old Little Compton man,  already out of jail on a suspended sentence for prior felony breaking and entering, was charged again Friday, Nov. 30, with breaking and entering, and larceny .

Police say Luther Parente, of 305 Long Highway, entered a local home, surprised an occupant, then fled.

An elderly male staying at 71 Indian Hill Road as a guest of the owner, reported at approximately 7:55 a.m.  Friday that he had been awakened by a man turning on the light in the bedroom where he was sleeping. When he yelled, the man ran from the residence. The victim described the suspect as a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s with an overcoat and hat.

Little Compton Police Chief Sidney Wordell said police later found a wool hat along a stone wall and a bicycle stashed in some brush.

Officers were hampered by woods and a field in their efforts to establish an area within which the suspect might be contained, and so requested help from K-9 units of the Rhode Island State Police and the Dartmouth, Mass., Sheriff Department. The dogs found a set of keys for a rental car that belonged to the guest occupant, said Chief Wordell.

Meanwhile, Little Compton officers Lt. Antone Marion III and Detective Sergeant Faria Jr. developed leads, said Chief Wordell, that pointed to Mr. Parente as a possible suspect. When shown a photograph of Mr. Parente, the victim positively identified him.

After locating Mr. Parente at a residence on Long Highway, officers called him by phone. “After approximately 30 minutes,” said Chief Wordell, “he was coaxed out of the house and turned himself in to investigators without incident.”

Police charged Mr. Parente with breaking and entering a dwelling of a person over the age of 60 while the victim was on premises, larceny under $1,500, and possession of marijuana. He was arraigned Monday in District Court, with a surety of $35,000. Later Monday morning, he was presented in Superior Court as a violator in connection with his prior felony convictions, and the court ordered him held without bail as an alleged violator.

Mr. Parente faces a violation hearing in Superior Court on Dec. 17, pending which he is being held in the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI).

Lt. Marion, Detective Sergeant Faria, and Acting Sergeant Patrick Martin are handling the investigation.

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