Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that on Friday September 28, 2018, Anneurys Prado (age 22), of Providence, waived criminal indictment and pleaded nolo contendere before Superior Court Magistrate Richard D. Raspallo to first degree robbery. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Prado was sentenced to 20 years with 12 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victims.
Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that in the early morning hours of July 25, around 4:30 am, Anneurys Prado together with three or four unknown individuals made a forced entry into a home located at 18 Mercy Street.
The homeowners, their children and grandchildren woke up to find guns pointed at them. The victims' hands were bound with cords. At gunpoint, the victims were ordered to lay face down on the floor. At one point during the home invasion, a victim was pistol whipped. The house was ransacked. Defendant robbed the victims of cell phones, cash, car keys and sneakers. Two of the victims were able to identify Anneurys Prado through a photo array.
Providence Police Sergeant Dennis O'Brien and Detectives Charles Matracia and Robert Dumkuski, handled this investigation and Assistant Attorney General John Moreira and Special Assistant Attorney General Edward Mullaney prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.