2016-03-03 / Front Page

Two Arrested in Middletown Murder

After a high-speed chase on route 95 in Connecticut, police arrested two individuals allegedly connected to a homicide that occurred at the Quality Inn, located at 936 West Main Road, Middletown.

Police responded to the hotel shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 for a reported "suspicious death" and found the body of 51-year-old Mark J. Lussier of South Carolina partially submerged in the bathtub.  

“Due to the condition of Mr. Lussiers body, it appeared that he had been in the tub for several hours,” said Middletown Lt. Jason Ryan in a prepared statement.

After an autopsy pointed to foul play, police issued an arrest warrant for Lavern Price, 49, of 102 Park Holm Newport and Todd Sullo, 41, of 80 Robbins St. Providence.

“With the assistance of the Providence Police Department and the U.S. Marshalls Office, it was determined that they were in New York City,” said Ryan.

A member of the Middletown Police Department assigned to the US Marshalls Fugitive Apprehension Unit, along with other unit members and the Connecticut State Police, were able to track the suspects as they left New York City in Lussier’s vehicle. The Connecticut State Police attempted to stop the vehicle near exit 60 on route 95,  which eventually led to the suspects crashing their car and they were arrested.

The suspects are being charged with first degree murder and conspiracy, according to police. They are being arraigned in Connecticut on Friday.



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