Police identify suspect in Cass Avenue homicide

Police identify suspect in Cass Avenue homicide

WOONSOCKET – Police have identified the suspect in a Cass Avenue homicide as Paul Raposo, a 26-year-old city resident.

Raposo was arrested at River Island Park earlier today after his roommate, 30-year-old Derek Desjardin, was found dead in their apartment Friday morning. Desjardin was the apparent victim of a shooting homicide, according to police.

Police said family members discovered the victim after Desjardin failed to show up for work. Police were then called to the apartment at 408 Cass Avenue and responded around 8:15 a.m.

The Rhode Island State Medical Examiner's Office determined that Desjardin died of gunshot wounds.

Raposo has been charged with domestic murder, discharging a firearm when committing a crime of violence, discharging a firearm within the city limits and carrying a pistol without a license. Police say he was carrying a loaded 9mm pistol at the time of his arrest.