Police Log: Domestic Woes & $27K Identity Theft

by | May 18, 2018

By Bethany J. Hashway

Saturday, April 14

6:30 a.m – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 44, at his home for domestic simple assault, disorderly conduct, and felony domestic assault with deadly weapon and domestic assault by strangulation charges. His girlfriend, who had called the police, said the man started threatening her around 3 a.m. and the threats turned violent. She said she tried to leave but the man wouldn’t let her, pushing her and punching her when she tried to flee. She said the man held a knife to her neck and said it would be nothing to hurt her. Then, she said, he dropped the knife and tried to strangle her. She managed to knee him and push him away, but he then hit her several times. The man threw her phone away from her when she tried to use it, she said. Eventually, she was able to run upstairs and call for help. According to police, the apartment looked as if a struggle had taken place. The woman had a cut above her right ey and police found a steak knife on a table and a broken cell phone. The man was taken into custody.

11:02 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 30, for domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly conduct, false report of crime and refusal to relinquish a telephone after he was reported to be at the home of the person he was accused of assaulting. There was a warrant out for his arrest. After a struggle, the man was taken into custody

Monday, April 16

9 a.m. – Police were called to 155 Main Street to help EGFD with a structure fire. When police showed up, there was smoke coming from the second floor of the building. EGFD was able to get inside and put the fire out. Detectives were on scene to help out and the fire marshal was called and took over the fire investigation.

4:48 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich woman, 71, for domestic simple assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly assaulting her husband, from whom she was estranged. The woman’s husband was waiting in the garage when the police arrived. He told police he and his wife were divorcing and he was working at his computer in the house when she started yelling at him and threw his books on the floor. She then tried to strangle him. As he moved away from her, she hit him in the head and back with her elbow. He grabbed her right pinky finger until she stopped hitting him and left the room. When police found the woman, she was holding a glass of red wine. She said she’d had “at least half a bottle of wine and why not!” She said she was tired of picking up after her husband. She told police she might have hit her husband. Police took the woman into custody. At the station, she was arraigned by a bail commissioner and released with a District Court summons and a no contact order for her husband.

Tuesday, April 17

8:30 a.m. – A Spring Valley Drive resident reported to police about items that were missing from his garage. He reported that on April 16 he noticed that he was missing three jackets from his garage and inside the jackets were two pairs of Safilo glasses. The man told police that his wife left the garage door open and thinks someone he knows may have entered the garage without his permission. He told police he doesn’t know of any other suspects that may have taken his property.

12:10 p.m. – Police arrested a Warwick man, 40, driving while intoxicated after being alerted to be to the lookout for an erratic driver. A caller told police that a red SUV had driven onto an individual’s lawn in Warwick. The suspect car was believed to be driving towards Division Street at the time of the call. A police officer driving on Division saw the car; the driver appeared to be screaming to himself and waving his hands in the air. While police were following the car, the driver swerved into oncoming traffic, stopped, turned on his left turn signal, made sharp U-turn and drove up on a sidewalk. When police spoke with the driver, he had trouble focusing. The officer noticed the man had bruises and markings on his arm consistent with using narcotics. The man said he used suboxone, an opiate used to treat addiction. Police found a package of orange suboxone pills. Police said they also found a needle with what appeared to be heroin. The man failed field sobriety tests. He was taken by rescue to the emergency room, where he submitted to a blood test. He said he’d taken heroin earlier in the day.

Wednesday, April 18

5:14 p.m. – Police arrested an East Greenwich man, 41, for violating a protective order after he was found to be following his ex-girlfriend around while she was playing Pokemon. He was taken into custody and transported to EGPD headquarters for processing and he was held for the bail commissioner.

Thursday, April 19

7:37 a.m. – Police were called to Saint Elizabeth Home for an upset employee. The manager told police the employee came to work at 7 a.m. but wasn’t supposed to be at work until 8. The manager said the employee was not getting paid so he should go home and return at 8. The employee became upset and said, “You know who I am and I have friends in Puerto Rico who can take care of this.” The employee then hit the manager in the neck with a side arm punch. The manager was not injured and he did let the employee go. As the employee was leaving he was yelling and swearing at him. The manager wanted this documented in case the employee comes back.

Saturday, April 21

12:49 p.m. – A resident from Pardons Wood Lane told police that he had just received a billing statement from Chase with a credit card bill of $27,237.35. The man said he had not opened a credit card with Chase. The man had cancelled the card. Purchases had been made in Florida. The account had been opened using the man’s Social Security number and his address from 23 years ago.  

Sunday, April 22

11:40 a.m. – A Marlborough Street resident told police his bike had been stolen. The man said he’d left his apartment the day before to get some food from Cathay Garden. The bike had been on his porch; when he returned home 30 minutes later the bike was missing. The bike is a silver Huffy 5-speed mountain bike, with two grip brakes and a little rust.

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