Police Log: Nov. 14 to 16

This is a summary of reports provided to JohnstonPatch by the Johnston Police Department for Nov.14 to 16. Where an arrest is reported, it does not indicate a conviction.

House break:

On Nov. 14 at about 4:45 p.m., Ptlm. Michael Andreozzi responded to 17 Lafazia Dr. for a report of a break-in and theft. The victim stated that jewelry and other items with acombined value of about $1,500 had been taken from her home.

Earlier that day, Ptlm. Mark Vieira responded to the area for a suspicious vehicle call, but reported that the vehicle was gone when he arrived.

On Nov. 15, Vieira stopped a red Dodge pickup truck that matched the description from the previous day's call, and interviewed the owner, idenfitied as Wuidman Giron, and two passengers.

Vieira reported that he smelled marijuana smoke coming from the truck as he spoke with Giron. According to Vieira, Giron said "he [had] smoked marijuana in the vehicle a few hours prior and assured me there was no marijuana located in the vehicle."

Ptlm. Adam Parkinson arrived to assist Vieira, who then searched the truck.

One of the passengers, identified as David Taveras, allegedly admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in his shoe, and Vieira reported that he found a plastic bag containing a substance later tested and found to be marijuana.

The police K-9 unit then arrived and conducted a further search of the truck, but found no other drugs.

All three reportedly denied being in the area of Lafazia Drive the day before; Vieira also stated in his report that the red Dodge truck was impounded at the police department for further investigation.

Police charged Taveras, of 86 Colfax St., Providence, with one misdemeanor count of marijuana possession, first offense. He was released with a summons to appear in Third District Court, Warwick, on Nov. 23.

Fight at Club Bebeto:

Johnston Police arrested Ricardo Rodriguez, of 134 Alto St., Cranston, on charges of obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct after he allegedly provoked a fight on Nov. 15 at Club Bebeto, 31 Greenville Ave.

Ptlm. Michael Protano reported that he and four other officers responded to the bar at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 15 to investigate a report of an assault.

After they arrived, Protano said he spoke with Sergio Cuellar, who said his brother and another man, identified as Jamie Baldomar, had been involved in an altercation.

A background check on Cuellar found an active Sixth District Court warrant for a reckless driving charge in North Providence; he was taken to headquarters for processing.

Protano reported that he then spoke with Baldomar, who had called police headquarters about the incident. Protano stated in his report that Baldomar identified Cuellar and Rodriguez as the two men who had "provoked the assault."

According to Baldomar, three other men assaulted him outside the club, then drove off in a black Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

Baldomar reportedly told Protano that the driver of the truck, described as 5-ft-5 and 200 lbs. and wearing an orange shirt, tried to run him over with the truck.

Protano reported that he spoke with a witness, who confirmed that the male in the orange shirt had struck Baldomar.

When he tried to speak with Rodriguez about the incident, Protano reported, Rodriguez allegedly denied being involved in the assault.

A later check of the bar's surveillance camera "clearly depicted Mr. Rodriguez... involved in the altercation, however it is unknown if he physically assaulted Mr. Baldomar," Protano wrote.

Protano reported that the incident was referred to the detective division for further investigation.


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