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City man charged in brutal beating

June 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A 38-year-old city man, reportedly an ex-boxer, has been charged in the brutal beating of a homeless man that occurred on May 18.
According to Pawtucket Police, the suspect has been identified as as Rafael Torres, 38, of 82 Sabin St.. Torres is accused of pummeling 58-year-old John Simms, of no permanent address, in a dispute. Torres, also known to live on the streets, was reported to have been angry with Simms because he drank his bottle of vodka.
According to the police report, a passerby found Simms lying on the ground in the parking lot of 8 Summer St. at around 4:15 a.m. Rescue personnel found him unresponsive and severely bleeding from the head. He also had significant bruising and lacerations to his head and face area.
Simms was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he spent about five weeks recovering from injuries that were considered to be life-threatening.
Pawtucket Police said that after a lengthy investigation by detectives, Torres was identified as the suspect. He was located by detectives on Dexter Street on Wednesday and was taken into custody.
Torres was arraigned in District Court in Providence, where he was charged with felony assault. Bail was set at $20,000 with surety.

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