Murder suspect’s father arrested for conduct against North Smithfield-based detective

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – The father of Woonsocket murder suspect Matthew Dusseault was arrested this week in North Smithfield for a misdemeanor involving the lead detective in his son’s case.

Matthew Dusseault Sr., 49, was arrested on Saturday, Dec. 14, and charged with disorderly conduct for an incident near the North Smithfield home of Woonsocket Detective Anthony Conetta, according to reports.

Conetta is the lead detective in the 2016 murder of  81-year-old Woonsocket woman Constance Gauthier. Dussault Jr., 22, was arrested for the crime last year, and is currently being held without bail.

Dusseault’s father is accused of driving down the dead-end street where Conetta lives and beeping his horn, according to a North Smithfield police arrest report obtained by WPRI Eyewitness News this week.

Conetta reportedly told North Smithfield police Dusseault Sr. has been threatening him.

Gauthier was a found stabbed more than 70 times in March 2016.

The report this week by the North Smithfield officer stated that, “Conetta informed me Dusseault is the father of a suspect that he had arrested for murder,” and “he believes that Dusseault is involved,” but no further details were provided.

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