These reports come from the East Greenwich Police Department and are public information. An arrest does not mean the individual has been convicted of a crime.
Monday, April 14
8:23 p.m. – A Pequot Trail resident told police a developer had bought the property next door a few months ago and had a land survey done. The developer told the resident his property extended into the north end of the resident’s assumed property – which was enclosed by a wooden stockade fence – by several feet. The developer offered to sell the disputed land to the resident for an undisclosed price. On this day, the resident returned home to find several large concrete blocks along the “new” property line. The fence had been removed to allow machinery to place the blocks. Police told the resident it was a civil matter and to seek advice from a lawyer.
Tuesday, April 15
12:45 p.m. – An East Greenwich woman, 88, told police she’d gotten an odd message on her answering machine. The message was from a man with a thick accent who said he was from the IRS and need to speak to the woman because of a problem with her tax information. While police were there, the phone rang again and it was the same number. Police took the call and the caller hung up after the police officer identified himself. The officer only got voicemail when he called back.
5:05 p.m. – A resident of East Greenwich told police she and her husband had been victims of identity fraud which she learned of after trying to file their tax return. She got an alert stating they had already filed their taxes, with their Social Security numbers. She said they hadn’t and wanted to press charges if a culprit was identified.
Wednesday, April 16
2:41 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 22, on a Third District Court bench warrant after he was spotted walking on the train tracks. The man told police he was walking to work in Apponaug and chose to walk on the tracks hoping it would save time. Routine checks turned up the bench warrant. The man volunteered he was carrying some marijuana and two beers in his backpack. He was taken into custody.
6:16 p.m. – Police arrested a Providence woman, 33, for prostitution and obstructing an officer, after a detective went undercover and was offered sex in exchange for money at a massage parlor at 58 Main Street. According to the police report, police received four anonymous calls about possible prostitution at The Blissful Oak, which opened in February. One caller told police his girlfriend had interviewed for a position there and was told she could make a lot more money if she offered sex too. Police conducted surveillance of the building over three weeks and noticed numerous men walking into the building then re-emerging 60 to 70 minutes later.
On April 16, two Warwick police detectives made appointments for massage at 5 p.m. The online post for The Blissful Oak that day gave the first names of four women who would be working. The detectives made appointments with two of them. The two male detectives met with the two women at 5 p.m. After the massage, Woman #1 offered her client a “hand job” for an additional $60. The officer asked what she meant and she said she would “finish him off.” He declined and left. According to the other officer, Woman #2 did not make any such offer.
EG and Warwick police detectives then entered the building and went to the third floor (where The Blissful Oak was located). No one answered the door but police could hear noises. A few minutes later, EGPD dispatch got a call about a “female in distress” behind the Grille on Main, which is located next door to 58 Main Street. The woman, who police identified as the same woman pictured in a backpage.com posting, said she was in pain and might have a broken leg; she said she’d jumped from the third floor window of 58 Main Street. Another of the women featured in backpage.com associated with The Blissful Oak was also there. Police learned the two had made their escape from the third floor together, but that Woman #2 had decided to escape via the roof of the Grille on Main after Woman #1 fell to the ground from the fire escape. Woman #2 got off the roof via a fire ladder, got in her car but returned to the site because she’d left her cell phone with Woman #1. The second woman was allowed to leave. Woman #1 was taken to Kent Hospital because of her injuries, accompanied by police. Because she’d offered sex for money and had given false names and birth dates to police, she was charged with prostitution and obstruction and issued a district court summons, to appear April 25.
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