Interim Report of the Providence County Grand Jury

Reported June 23, 2022

 

An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

 

Juan Martinez (age 57)

Providence, R.I.

P1-2022-2319A

 

On June 23, 2022, the Providence County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Juan Martinez with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

 

The alleged acts occurred in the city of Providence on diverse dates between December 30, 2020, and May 17, 2021. The defendant is alleged to have sexually assaulted three different female victims. The Providence Police Department conducted the investigation.

 

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on July 13, 2022, in Providence County Superior Court. He is currently being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) for allegedly violating the terms of his probation stemming from a previous conviction of first-degree sexual assault in 2001 (P1-1999-1865A).

 

 

Laron Paschal (age 53)

Providence, R.I.

P1-2022-2320A

 

On June 23, 2022, the Providence County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Laron Paschal with one count of possession of over one kilogram of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

 

The alleged acts occurred in the city of Providence sometime on March 23, 2022. The Providence Police Department conducted the investigation.

 

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on July 13, 2022, in Providence County Superior Court.

 

 

 

Lewis Vasquez Paredes (age 18)

Providence, R.I.

P1-2022-2326A

 

On June 23, 2022, the Providence County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Lewis Vasquez Paredes with one count of first-degree robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery

 

The alleged acts occurred in the city of Providence sometime on March 18, 2022. The Providence Police Department conducted the investigation.

 

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on July 13, 2022, in Providence County Superior Court.

 

 

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