Police Beat: B&Es, DUI, Domestic Assault

Recent incidents and arrests reported by Johnston Police.

The following information was provided by Johnston Police. It does not indicate a conviction.

Johnston Police responded to 1208 Atwood Ave. Dec. 8 for a report of a breaking and entering into an unoccupied building.

Upon arrival, police met with Michael Schultz, who is renting the building, who said that when he got there at 9 a.m., he discovered an interior door was open and the glass had been shattered. After looking more, he found that $1,700 worth of tools were missing.

Police said the building is in the process of being renovated into a working garage. Police said the suspect got in through the north side door, entered an office area and stole the items.

Stolen were a DeWalt drill, a combination drill, an impact driver, closed-circuit cameras, wireless mouse and assorted tools.

On Dec. 7, an Angelico Street resident told police that someone broke into her second-floor apartment and stole a large number of items including a gold engagement ring, earrings, video game consoles, laptops and other items totaling several thousand dollars.

According to police, the victim said she left her apartment shortly after 6:30 p.m. When she got home at around 10:10 p.m., she found her cat at the bottom of the stairwell but should have been inside the apartment. She then found that the door to her apartment was unlocked and her apartment “was in complete disarray” according to police.

In her bedroom, police said the suspects stole $70 cash, a diamond tennis bracelet, diamond earrings and a three digital cameras.

In her daughter’s bedroom, police said the suspects took two iPod Touches and an Acer laptop. In her son’s bedroom, an Xbox 360 and iPod touch were missing. In the living room, a PlayStation 3 and a laptop were stolen.

The victim also reported that $800 worth of recently-purchased clothing and a laptop were stolen from a storage closet as well as numerous video games, DVDs and three DVD players were missing from the apartment.

Police said they did not see any signs of forced entry into the apartment, but the victim told police that the locking mechanism is faulty and the door can be forced open.

Police collected several fingerprints from the scene for processing.

A neighbor told police that she did not hear anything suspicious during the time the break-in would have occurred.

Johnston Police charged Richard Thomas Miller, 39, of 181 Shun Pike, Johnston, with domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic failure to relinquish a telephone Dec. 3 after he allegedly assaulted a family member at around 1 a.m.

Police responded to the address after receiving a 911 hang up call. Upon arrival, police said the victim told them that she was woken up from a sound sleep by Miller who was yelling and screaming about being in pain. He then became physical, police said, and pushed and shoved her before pinning her on a bed and gouged at her eyes.

The victim managed to lock herself in a garage and called police using a cell phone.

Miller, who fled the scene, was located and taken into custody a short time later.


Johnston Police charged a 45-year-old North Providence man with driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, refusing a chemical test and other charges for allegedly driving drunk in Johnston on Dec. 9.

According to police, Capt. Frank J. Levesque was driving west on Greenville Avenue behind a 1998 Chevy pickup truck when he noticed the driver operating erratically and slowing down and stopping in the roadway for no reason.

Officer Levesque followed the vehicle for a short distance and watched it cross the double yellow lines and over the curb.

Once stop, police found Ruben Corrales, of 114 Waterman Ave., North Providence, who reportedly smelled like alcohol and had an open can of Corona Beer in a cup holder.

Police said Corrales failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. He refused chemical tests at police headquarters.

Along with the DUI charges, Corrales was issued summons for driving with an open container and lane roadway violations.


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