City man gets jail time af­ter lat­est ar­rest

Woonsocket Call - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY - By RUSS OLIVO ro­livo@woonsock­et­ Fol­low Russ Olivo on Twit­ter @rus­so­livo

WOONSOCKET — Af­ter po­lice al­legedly caught him squat­ting in a va­cant ten­e­ment, a home­less man now has a se­cure place to live – for 15 days, any­way.

That was the sen­tence meted out in Sixth Dis­trict Court Fri­day to An­gel Luis Echevar­ria, 24, af­ter he was ar­rested for break­ing and en­ter­ing with­out the owner’s con­sent the pre­vi­ous night. Echevar­ria, of no per­ma­nent ad­dress, and two ju­ve­niles, were all charged with the felony of­fense af­ter the owner of 220 Lo­gee St. re­ported that there were squat­ters liv­ing in a va­cant unit on the third floor of the mul­ti­fam­ily.

Po­lice went over to check on the com­plaint about 7 p.m. and knocked on the door. It was Echevar­ria who opened up, and when he did, po­lice said, they im­me­di­ately smelled mar­i­juana waft­ing from in­side the apart­ment.

Echevar­ria vol­un­teered that he was “hang­ing out and smok­ing” weed with his friends – two 17-year-olds, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

“He stated he had been liv­ing in the apart­ment alone af­ter the pre­vi­ous ten­ants were evicted,” Of­fi­cer Robert J. Frye re­ported.

The land­lord told of­fi­cers that he had evicted the prior ten­ants just three days ear­lier. He didn’t say why, but po­lice ob­served “se­vere dam­age to the apart­ment walls,” in­clud­ing sev­eral ar­eas where holes ap­peared to have been punched through the walls.

The land­lord told po­lice no one should have been liv­ing in the apart­ment af­ter the evic­tion. He said it was the prior ten­ants, how­ever, who alerted him that some­one had bro­ken in and was squat­ting there.

Al­though Sixth Dis­trict Court Judge An­thony Capraro set bail for Echevar­ria on the break­ing and en­ter­ing charge – $300 surety bail – he or­dered the sus­pect held for vi­o­lat­ing his pro­ba­tion for do­mes­tic as­sault af­ter a con­vic­tion on charges lodged against him ear­lier this year. Echevar­ria could have con­tested the vi­o­la­tion, but he ad­mit­ted it and Capraro sen­tenced him to 15 days at the Adult Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tions, retroac­tive to Oct. 11, ac­cordng to the ju­di­ciary’s web­site.

The court’s data­base says Echevar­ria has at least six prior ar­rests on his record dat­ing back to 2014 for of­fenses that in­clude do­mes­tic as­sault, lar­ceny and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with the in­tent to de­liver.


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