Thursday, May 2, 2013


3rd suspect in gang murder arraigned / Photo

Journal photo/John Freidah
Sarith Chith, 19, at his arraignment this morning on a murder charge.
PROVIDENCE – A third suspect in the gang fight early Sunday morning that led to the city’s first homicide this year was arraigned this morning on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Sarith Chith, 19, of 140 Bridgham St., Providence, was arraigned before District Court Judge Albert J. ReRobbio and was assigned a public defender, George Muksian.
Chith is believed to have hit the victim in the head with a pipe, according to Michael J. Healey, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office.
He is being held without bail.
Chith walked into court this morning handcuffed to another defendant. He said very little, with his public defender doing most of the talking.
-- staff writer Kate Bramson, with reports from Journal photographer John Freidah
Two other suspects – ages 20 and 17 – from the West End were arrested Sunday.
They are accused of murder in the slaying of Vicheth Klakratok, 23, of 11 Atlantic Ave., Elmwood. He was struck in the head multiple times with a club or pipe and fell in the middle of Cranston Street in the West End, dead from blunt-force trauma, according to Baum.
Veasna F. Pich, 20, of 172 Whitmarsh St., was arraigned Monday before District Court Judge Michael A. Higgins, who ordered him held without bail pending a bail hearing Feb. 12.
The 17-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was brought to Family Court and ordered held at the Rhode Island Training School. The Attorney General’s Office will seek to have him waived out of Family Court and charged as an adult in Superior Court, according to Assistant Attorney General J. Patrick Youngs III. 

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