Pawtucket police investigate killing of lifelong criminal

Pawtucket police investigate killing of lifelong criminal

PAWTUCKET – Napoleon “Nappy” Andrade, a lifelong criminal known for his brutal crimes, was shot dead outside a Quincy Avenue halfway house on Sunday morning.

Andrade, age 37, of Central Falls, was staying at the home after being released from federal prison.

At around 9:46 a.m. on Sunday, police said they responded to the area of 67 Slater St. for a report of shots fired. They found the body of Andrade with several gunshot wounds and fire and rescue personnel declared him dead at the scene.

Detectives are actively investigating and do not believe this was a random shooting.

Andrade had a violent history, including a home invasion and robbery of an elderly associate of New York's Gambino crime family at a home in Connecticut. A large and powerful man, he was known for the violence he perpetrated locally.

He lived his life of crime across several states, serving sentences on gun offenses, drug trafficking, money laundering, and theft of government property. According to The Journal, the 2010 home invasion in Connecticut was over a $300,000 loansharking debt. Andrade and two others broke into the home, blindfolded a 78-year-old man, stole $200,000 worth of jewelry, $16,000 in cash and a shotgun.

According to WPRI, Andrade previously worked as a bouncer at area strip clubs with ties to organized crime. He was an associate to former mob boss Luigi "Baby Shacks" Manocchio, according to the station.

Andrade was widely believed to have committed a number of homicides.