Week that was

Week that was

Man beaten badly

A disabled city man was beaten badly by a pair of suspects as he walked home from a trip to Gee's Liquors on Broadway. The victim, in his 50s, was knocked unconcious, according to police.

A news release from the Major Crime Unit states that the June 9 assault came after the two men considered suspects followed the victim into the store, waited for him to leave, then beat him as he walked away. According to ABC 6, the assailants made off with the $42 that was in the victim's pocket.

It appears the victim was targeted, according to police. A motive for the assault was not known as of press time.

Police are looking to identify two suspects in the assault. Suspect one is a black male, age 40-45, between 5 feet, 11 inches and 6 feet tall, and of heavy build. Suspect two, a white male age 30-35, is between 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 5 feet, 7 inches, and of thin build.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to call Major Crime Unit detectives at 401-727-9100, ext. 737.

'Hazel Angel' sentenced for arsons

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced last Thursday that Franci Villorio, age 22, of 27 Palm St. in Pawtucket, was sentenced by Superior Court Justice Susan McGuirl to 40 years, with 17 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, for multiple arsons in Central Falls and Providence.

McGuirl also ordered him to have no contact with the victim, to undergo mental health counseling, to complete 100 hours per year for five years of community service upon his release, and to pay restitution.

Villorio pleaded nolo contendere on April 15 to five counts of first degree arson in exchange for a capped sentence of 40 years, with as many as 20 years to serve.

Had the case proceeded to trial, state prosecutors say they were prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on Feb. 26, 2011, and again on March 4, 2011, Villorio set fire to a residence located at 41 Hedley Ave. in Central Falls.

They were also prepared to prove that he set fire to a residence located at 9-11 Colfax St. in Providence on June 28, 2011, and again on June 29, 2011, and to a residence located at 70 Washington St. in Central Falls on June 29, 2011.

A news release from Kilmartin's office states that Villorio "was filled with jealousy and resentment after learning that an ex-girlfriend, for whom he still had feelings, was dating someone new.

Engulfed with rage and a thirst for vengeance, Villorio went on an arson spree, setting fires to five residences, each with a connection to his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend."

After an arson at his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend's house, the arsonist who billed himself as the "Hazel Angel" said in a note that he wouldn't stop until all families involved were "done."

The "Hazel Angel" moniker was based on Villorio's penchant for hazel-colored contact lenses.

Man shot in drive-by

On June 15, at about 1 p.m., Pawtucket Police officers responded to 164/166 Meadow St. for a report of a shooting. Police arrived on scene and found a 28-year-old Pawtucket man who had been shot once. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of a right leg injury.

A police investigation revealed that four or five gun shots were fired at the victim from the occupants of a passing car as the victim walked onto his driveway.

The crime is not believed to be random, according to police, who said that the victim appeared to have been targeted by the suspects.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Major Crime Unit Det. Donti Rosciti at 401-727-9100, ext. 737.