Contact: Major Todd Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1005
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety; and Marshal Jamie A. Hainsworth, United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, announce the arrest of a suspect wanted for homicide - conspiracy in New York City.
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 5:45 a.m., members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force, arrested Dennis James, age 24, of 1374 Prospect Avenue, Bronx, New York after an arrest warrant was issued from the State of New York for Conspiracy to Commit Murder. James was arraigned before the Honorable Associate Judge Colleen M. Hastings in Second Division District Court, where he waived extradition and was ordered held pending transfer to the New York authorities.
An investigation by the New York City Police Department identified Dennis James one of the suspects in a homicide that occurred in New York City in July of 2012. In that homicide, an innocent four year old was shot and killed, which prompted this investigation, resulting in arrest warrants issued for a total of 25 people; 20 in New York City, three in upper State New York, one in Connecticut, and one (James) in Rhode Island. Through the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, information was obtained that James was in Rhode Island. On Wednesday morning, James was tracked to 78 Beacon Street, Middletown, Rhode Island where he was taken into custody without incident.
The Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force (VFTF) is a joint effort of the Rhode Island State Police and the Office of the United States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island. The Rhode Island VFTF targets subjects who are wanted for violent crimes, prison escapees, parole violators and violent juvenile offenders. The Rhode Island VFTF is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police, the United States Marshals, and the Providence Police Department.