PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Providence police have arrested a suspect in the city's second murder of 2013, which took place downtown late Tuesday night.
Police said they responded Tuesday night around 9:20 p.m. to a report of a man entering McCormick & Schmick's Restaurant in downtown Providence and collapsing. They said that 18-year-old Charlie Otero was stabbed in the chest during a dispute in Kennedy Plaza. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and pronounced dead around 11:24 p.m.
Police have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Diamond Wilson-Wooten. Police said he was found near the intersection of Dorrance and Westminster Streets with a minor stab wounds on his left shoulder and right side of his back. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital before being taken into custody.
Wilson-Wooten, who has a minor past record, was arraigned on one count of murder at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
The families of both the suspect and the victim were present at the courthouse. The family of the victim said their son had an ongoing feud with the suspect, and that threats are still being made between the two families. They also say that Otero, who has a 2-month-old child, is a family man.
The victim's family said the dispute sparked from an altercation that occurred last month involving Otero's 13-year-old sister. Apparently Wilson-Wooten punched her in the face early in March after a verbal argument.
The suspect claimed he acted in self-defense though police say that is not the case. Surveillance video reveals that the suspect was standing next to Otero and then attacked him.
He is due back in court on April 17.
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