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Suspect in West Bridgewater killing caught in North Providence

Danny Lopes (North Providence Police Department)

A suspect in the killing of a 72-year-old woman in a Massachusetts home was arrested in Rhode Island Monday morning.

Authorities said 34-year-old Danny Lopes Jr. of West Bridgewater was apprehended in North Providence. Investigators said they tracked him down by pinging his phone.

The North Providence Police Department said Lopes was staying at his cousin's apartment on Woodlawn Avenue less than a quarter of a mile away from the police station.

"I think the suspect was just trying to find a place of refuge, basically for the night, and it just happened to be near the police station," said North Providence Deputy Police Chief Charles Dave.

Officials have identified the victim as Julia Fernandes. Investigators said Fernandes was the longtime girlfriend of Lopes' late father and the two shared a home on Columbia Avenue in West Bridgewater.

Fernandes was found dead at around 6 p.m. Sunday. Police said it appears Lopes hit her repeatedly in the head with a fireplace log.

Lopes is expected to be extradited over to Brockton District Court by Wednesday. Until then he's being held in Rhode Island as a fugitive from justice who is facing a murder charge.

NBC 10 News contributed to this report.

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