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East Providence Man Arrested, Charged with Fall River Murder

RI State Police arrested William Tate, 34, of East Providence in Providence Sunday, charging him as a fugitive from justice in MA, where he was wanted for a Fall River murder. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
RI State Police arrested William Tate, 34, of East Providence in Providence Sunday, charging him as a fugitive from justice in MA, where he was wanted for a Fall River murder. CREDIT: Rob Borkowski
A 34-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday in Providence, charged in the murder of a Fall River man earlier that morning.

RI State Police arrested William Tate, 34, of 87 Sutton Ave., Apt. #2, East Providence, RI, Sunday at 11 a.m. on Point Street in Providence. He was charged in Massachusetts with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. He is also charged in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice.

Massachusetts State Police and Fall River Police had identified Tate as the suspect in the early Sunday morning murder of David Rodriguez, 26, of 130 Canal St., Fall River. 

Fall River Police and rescue personnel received 911 calls around 12:55 a.m. Sunday regarding a man being shot outside of the Ship's Cove Apartment complex at 130 Canal St. Upon arrival, emergency responders located Rodriguez near a loading dock outside the apartment building. He was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Acting on information that Tate had ties to East Providence, officials contacted RI State Police and the East Providence Police Department, who cooperated to locate Tate. 

Tate's car was stopped Sunday at the intersection of Point Street and West Franklin Street in Providence by Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks and the State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, who took him into custody.

Tate was scheduled to be arraigned as a fugitive from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Sixth Division District Court in Providence this morning.

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