Providence Police Task Force Investigators apprehend subject in possession of a stolen firearm

Providence, RI: On January 18th at approximately 2138 hours Providence Police Task
Force Investigators Robert Foley and Brian Murphy were patrolling the area of Ledge
Street when they came into contact with two subjects, including an individual known
to police as Rashad Pitts. As police drove past the subjects, Pitts quickly
clenched a weighted object in his waistband and separated himself from the other
male subject. Police then proceeded to exit their cruiser and approached the
subjects, who immediately fled on foot in opposite directions. The other subject
involved was quickly detained by Investigator Foley who determined that the subject
was not in possession of a firearm. Investigator Murphy continued to pursue Pitts
on foot as he turned into an alley alongside 7 Ledge Street and observed Pitts to
make a throwing motion with his arm. Police then located Pitts in the rear yard of 7
Ledge Street and he was immediately taken into police custody without incident.

Following the apprehension, Investigator Murphy returned to the area where the
firearm was believed to have been thrown and recovered a Colt. 25 Caliber Pistol
with one live round in the chamber and one live round in the magazine. Pitts was
then transported to central station where he confessed to Providence Police
Detective Doug Allin that he was in possession of the firearm, which police
determined to be stolen.
Rashad Pitts, age 23 of Providence, was charged with Possession of a Firearm
Without a License, Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Possession of a Firearm after
Being Convicted of a Crime of Violence. He was held for the next session of 6th
District Court.