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Man Named Law Runs Afoul Of Law

Johnston Police charged a Simmonsville Avenue resident with multiple domestic violence charges after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend.

charged David Law, 26, of 345 Simmonsville Ave., with felony domestic assault, misdemeanor domestic disorderly conduct, and driving with a suspended or expired license after he was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on Feb. 24.

According to police records, Law allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend while she was driving him to his cousin’s house on Feb. 10. The victim told Ptlm. Michael Protano that they were arguing in the car when Law allegedly struck the side of her head with his elbow and then used a closed fist to repeatedly punch the side of her head.

Law then got out of the car and dragged the ex-girlfriend into the roadway, the victim said, and when she got back in the car, Law punched her with a closed fist in the left eye, according to the police report.

When Law demanded she move to the passenger seat, the victim stated she did so out of fear. Law then allegedly drove the car back to his residence, according to the police report. When Law got out of the car, the victim told Protano, she drove to a different location and contacted the Johnston Police Department.

Initial attempts to find Law were unsuccessful, and the police department issued a warrant for his arrest.

On Feb. 24, the Rhode Island State Police arrested Law on the Johnston warrant. At his arraignment that day, Law was ordered held on $50,000 bail with surety. At a follow-up hearing on Feb. 27, Law was remanded to the ACI because he was unable to post the $50,000 bail with surety, and was ordered held without bail as a violator.

According to online legal records, Law pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic simple assault in January, 2011. Law had also been charged with driving with an expired or suspended license three times; pleaded no contest to charges of making crank or obscene phone calls in 2004; and pleaded no contest to a larceny charge in 2007; possession of a controlled substance in 2007; possession of marijuana in 2004; and domestic larceny under $500 in 2004.

Law is next scheduled to appear in Third District Court for a pre-trial conference on March 23.

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