Little Compton Police arrested a 28-year-old Little Compton man on Friday, Nov. 30 within hours after he allegedly invaded the home of an elderly man on Indian Hill Road.
Luther Parente, 28, of 305 Long Highway was arrested and charged with breaking and entering a dwelling of a person over the age of 60 while the victim was on the premises, a felony, larceny of less than $1,500, possession of marijuana, and possession of a schedule IV narcotic.
According to reports, Parente allegedly attempted to rob the elderly man's 71 Indian Hill Road home shortly before 8 a.m. on Friday. The homeowner was awoken when Parente turned on his bedroom light. The homeowner shouted, spooking Parente - who took off running from the residence.
Police arrived at the victim's home at approximately 7:55 a.m. after the man called 911. He described the intruder as a white male in his late 20’s early 30’s with an overcoat and hat.
Responding officers searched the home and property, calling in assistance from The Rhode Island State Police K9 unit as well as the Dartmouth, Massachusetts Sheriff Departments K9 unit.
Although police found a wool cap and bicycle discarded in the woods, they were unable to contain a perimeter based on the large wooded areas and fields that surround the home.
Investigating officers Lt. Antone Marion III and Det. Sgt. John Faria Jr. developed
a suspect who was positively identified by the victim as Parente.
Police responded to a family member of Parente's address on Long Highway where they made contact with him via telephone.
"After approximately 30 minutes he was coaxed out of the house and turned himself into investigators without incident," said Chief Sidney Wordell in a press release.
Parente was arraigned before a Justice of the Peace and given $35,000 bail with surety on the new charges. He was however, held without bail after violating the terms of his sentence on previous charges. He appeared Newport District Court on Monday Dec. 3 for a felony screening.
Parente was out of jail on a suspended sentence for past breaking and entering charges.
Acting Sgt. Patrick Martin handled the investigation alongside Lt. Marion and Det. Sgt. Faria.