Numerous law enforcement agencies help arrest East Providence man on murder charge


NORTH SCITUATE — The Rhode Island State Police announced late Sunday evening, Jan. 5, the arrest of an East Providence man wanted for homicide in Massachusetts.

At 11 a.m., members of the State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force and Lincoln Woods Barracks arrested Will B. Tate, 34, of 87 Sutton Ave., Apartment No. 2, as a Fugitive from Justice from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

An investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and the Fall River Police Department identified Mr. Tate as the suspect in an alleged murder that occurred in Fall River during the early morning hours of January 5.

(Updated, January 7: A Massachusetts District Court judge has ordered Mr. Tate held without bail on numerous charges, including murder.)

The information and the knowledge that Mr. Tate had ties to the city was forwarded to the Rhode Island State Police and the East Providence Police Department.  The ensuing inquiry by local authorities resulted in the arrest of Mr. Tate when his car was stopped at the intersection of Point Street and West Franklin Street in Providence by Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks and the State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force.

According to the Bristol County (Mass.) District Attorney's office, Mr. Tate will be charged in the Commonwealth for the murder of David Rodriguez, a 26-year-old Fall River resident. Mr. Tate is also being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The crime is alleged to have been committed at the Ship's Cove Apartment Complex, where Mr. Rodriguez resided, located at 130 Canal St., Fall River. Witnesses called police after reporting hearing shots fired. Rescue personnel later transported Mr. Rodriguez to St. Anne's Hospital, also in Fall River, where shortly thereafter he was declared dead.

Mr. Tate will be arraigned as a fugitive from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Sixth Division District Court in Providence at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 6.

Photos by Kathy Borchers/Pool Photographer, Providence Journal


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