Suspect in hookah lounge stabbing held without bail
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A purported member of the Almighty Latin Kings gang has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the stabbing death a man at a Rhode Island hookah lounge. Joel Francisco faces a first-degree murder charge in the death Oct. 2 of Troy Pine at the Nara Lounge in Providence's Federal Hill neighborhood. The 41-year-old Francisco was referred to the public defender's office Monday. Prosecutors say Francisco stabbed Pine following a confrontation. He fled the state and was arrested by federal marshals on Oct. 19 in New Braunfels, Texas, as he allegedly tried to make it to Mexico.
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