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PAWTUCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury on Thursday handed up several indictments involving local residents, including one for a Pawtucket man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend last summer.
Armando Garcia, 31, of 468 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, is accused of killing 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia last June in a violent domestic disturbance at her house at 17 Rufus St. in Pawtucket. Verdoia's two-year-old child was asleep in the house at the time of the incident.
Garcia is also accused of failing to report Verdoia's death and of stealing her vehicle, a white Cadillac Escalade, which was later found abandoned near the Prospect Heights housing complex. Garcia was found by police hiding in the apartment of a relative who lived in the complex.
Garcia, who is also known as Armando Merced Garcia and Armando Garcia Merced, was charged with one count of murder, one count of failure to report a death and one count of operating a motor vehicle without consent of the owner, according to the Office of Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch.
It is alleged that Garcia murdered Verdoia between the dates of June 25 and June 26, 2010 and that the murder was domestic in nature. It is also alleged that on those same dates, Garcia failed to report Verdoia's death to the medical examiner's office or to the Pawtucket Police Department with the intention of concealing a crime.
It is additionally alleged that Garcia drove a motor vehicle, not his own, without the consent of the owner, Verdoia.
All of the alleged incidents took place in Pawtucket, and Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.
Garcia will be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Dec. 29, 2010.
In another local case, the Providence County Grand Jury also indicted Christopher Monteiro, 31, of 1776 Bicentennial Way, North Providence, on one count of first-degree arson related to a fire that he is alleged to have set in his family home at 288 Lafayette Street in Pawtucket last July.
According to the Attorney General's Office, it is alleged that on or about July 14, Monteiro knowingly caused or created by means of fire a substantial risk of serious physical harm to others or damage to the residential structure located at 288 Lafayette St., which was occupied or in use on that date or occupied or in use during the six months preceding July 14, 2010.
The alleged incident took place in Pawtucket, and Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.
Monteiro will be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Dec. 29.
Additionally, the grand jury indicted another Pawtucket man, Julio Morais, 48, of 23 Walker St., apt. 3, on five counts of first-degree child molestation.
It is alleged that Morais committed five crimes of first-degree child molestation on a victim or victims 14 years of age or under, between the dates of Nov. 2, 2002 and Sept. 1, 2008.
All of the alleged incidents occurred in Pawtucket, and Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.
Morais will be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Dec. 29.
A 23-year-old Central Falls man, Jah-Lonie Creighton, of 119 Cross St., apt. 2, was also indicted on one count of kidnapping, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.
It is alleged that on or about June 17, 2010, Creighton forcibly confined a victim against his will and that he also robbed the victim in the first degree. It is also alleged that on or about that same date, Creighton had in his possession a stolen vehicle which he knew or had reason to believe had been stolen.
All of the alleged incidents took place in Pawtucket and Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.
Creighton will be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Dec. 29.
Another Pawtucket resident, John Minaya, 17, of 84 Auburn St., 3rd, floor, was indicted along with a companion, Victor Sena, 32, of 130 Fillmore St., Providence, each on one one count of conspiracy, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of assault with intent to rob.
It is alleged that on or about May 16, 2010, Minaya and Sena conspired to commit robbery and that they did rob a victim in the first degree. It is also alleged that on or about the same date, the defendants assaulted a second victim with the intent to rob.
The alleged incidents took place in Providence, and Providence Police conducted the investigation.
Minaya, who was 16 at the time the alleged crimes took place, voluntarily waived out of Family Court on May 24, according to the Attorney General's Office. Minaya and Sena will both be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Dec. 29.