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Providence man arraigned for October 2021 murder


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Johan Quinones (age 22)

Providence, R.I.



On December 10, 2021, the Providence County Grand Jury returned a secret indictment charging Johan Quinones with one count of first-degree murder, one count of discharging a firearm when in commission of a crime of violence resulting in death, and one count of carrying a pistol without a license.


As alleged in the indictment, the defendant shot and killed Melbin Ricardo Perez Reyes at a laundromat on Broad Street in Providence, sometime on October 12, 2021. The Providence Police Department conducted the investigation.


Law enforcement apprehended the defendant in Jersey City, New Jersey on October 26, 2021. The defendant was then extradited to Rhode Island, where the secret indictment was unsealed. He was arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on December 21, 2021.


The defendant is currently being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.


At the time of the alleged murder, the defendant was released on bail stemming from a previous arrest on June 3, 2020, for possession of a pistol without a license and possession of a stolen firearm. The defendant is scheduled for a bail violation hearing on January 4, 2022.