Providence man charged with trying to hire hitman to kill 2

U.S. District Courthouse in Providence. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Rhode Island man tried to hire a hitman to torture and kill two men, including a contractor he said owned him $8,500.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island in a statement Monday said 51-year-old Agustin Vinas, of Providence, was held without bail at an initial court appearance last week.

An email seeking comment was left Monday with Vinas’ public defender.

Authorities say Vinas had completed a construction job for the contractor a year ago, but refused to pay and had threatened to harm Vinas’ family if he continued to his requests for payment.