Surveillance video shows the moment the body of a man was discovered Thursday morning inside a car in the West End of Providence.
Police said the man was killed and that they have a suspect in custody. They said the suspect will likely be charged later Thursday in the killing of the 44-year-old Providence man.
Providence police cruisers and the state medical examiner’s van surrounded a white Toyota Corolla on Bellevue Avenue near Cranston Street, where the man was found stabbed to death.
Nieng Sok, who owns the Heng Express restaurant where the car was parked, called 911 after he knocked the car’s window and saw that the victim in the passenger seat wasn’t breathing.
“I tried to wake him up, I wanted him to move the car from my driveway,” Sok said. “He didn’t get up.”
Surveillance video obtained by NBC 10 shows Sok looking through the window of the car at about 8:40 a.m. and Providence police and fire arriving just minutes later.
“I was, like, so scared. It never happens. This is the first time. I’ve been here more than 10 years and nothing’s happened,” said Bo Chourn of the Lalin Coin Laundry Mat.
Providence police did not release the name of the victim, saying only he was known to police but wouldn’t say how he is known.
Just three hours after the discovery of the body, detectives picked up a male suspect at a home on Althea Street two blocks from the crime scene.
“He hasn’t been charged yet, but we’re pretty positive that we have the suspect responsible,” Maj. David Lapatin said.
Along with the suspect, police said they also have several witnesses in custody.
Investigators said they are questioning all parties to determine when exactly the fatal stabbing happened, who the car belongs to, and the relationship between the suspect and the victim.