SUN RISE STAFF REPORTS
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident reports provided by the Johnston Police Department.
At 5 p.m. on July 24, Johnston Police Officer Thomas Santurri observed a maroon Lexus pass his fixed post at 1072 Plainfield St., but “did not observe the operator wearing his seatbelt.”
Santurri detained the vehicle in the area of 1156 Plainfield St. and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Ritchie Abellard, of 29 March St., Apt. J., Providence.
After checking the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, Santurri discovered Abellard had an active Third District Court bench warrant. The original charge was Driving with a Suspended/Revoked License from the North Providence Police, according to the police incident report.
Abellard was taken into custody and transported to headquarters where he was processed and held pending arraignment.
Abellard’s car was towed from the scene, and searched. The search “did not result in any items of value or contraband,” Santurri wrote in the report.
Abellard was issued a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Court Summons for not wearing his seatbelt.
On Saturday, July 24, Abellard was arraigned. He paid $100 cash to cover the $1,000 surety bail that had been set on the warrant and was released with a new pre-trial conference date of Aug. 19 in Third District Court.
At approximately 9:51 a.m., on July 20, Rhode Island State Police transported Calnisha Scurry, of 45 Salmon Ave., Apt. 202, Providence, to Johnston Police Headquarters in reference to an active Johnston Police arrest warrant for Obtaining Vehicles with Intent to Defraud.
Johnston Police Officer Manuel Perez searched Scurry and placed her in cell No. 4. Scurry was later released with a Third District Court summons.
The warrant stemmed from an incident reported at 11 a.m., on Jan. 14, when Johnston Police Officer Thomas Santurri was dispatched to Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 1674 Hartford Ave., for the report of an overdue rental.
The Enterprise manager told Santurri that Scurry rented a 2019 white Ford Fusion with Massachusetts plates, but the vehicle was not returned.
The manager told police that the business made multiple attempts to make contact with Scurry, but were unsuccessful. The case was forwarded to the Detective Bureau for further investigation.
On Jan. 14, a Providence Police dispatcher informed Johnston Police that their department had recovered a vehicle matching the description of the rental agency car.
The car was found in the area of Warren Street and Elmwood Avenue by Fleet Services, a repossession and towing contractor for Enterprise Rent-a-Car. The vehicle was found without keys, parked and unattended. Police said the vehicle had no damage and still had both plates affixed.
Around 11:30 a.m., July 20, Johnston Police Officer Manuel Perez was dispatched to Enterprise Rent-a-Car, 1674 Hartford Ave., for the report of an overdue rental.
The Enterprise manager told police that he rented a 2021 Toyota Tacoma with Massachusetts plates to a woman, identified as Leah M. Fiocco, 37 Lafayette St., Johnston, on June 29.
The manager told police that Fiocco had last made a payment for the vehicle on July 1, but had failed to make any follow-up payments or return the vehicle after that date, according to the police report.
The manager said that he attempted to contact Fiocco several times but was unsuccessful. Police tried Fiocco’s landline telephone but were also unable to contact Fiocco.
The Enterprise manager told police that he wished to pursue criminal charges against Fiocco. The case was forwarded to the Detective Division for follow-up.
An arrest warrant was issued.
Around 8:45 a.m., on July 23, Johnston Police Officer Arthur Petteruti was advised that the Providence Police Department located the vehicle in the city at 5:56 p.m. on July 22.
On July 27, Johnston Police responded to 37 Lafayette St. and apprehended Fiocco on the outstanding warrant for Obtaining Vehicles with Intent to Defraud. Fiocco was advised of her rights, transported back to headquarters and held pending arraignment.
Johnston Police Detective Thomas M. Dwyer said Fiocco was “forwarded the opportunity to speak with this detective regarding this incident however refused to do so.”
At 2:15 p.m., on July 26, Johnston Police Officer Adam M. Parkinson responded to Home Depot, 100 Stone Hill Drive, in reference to a report of shoplifting. Dispatch told Parkinson that a carload of suspects exited the parking lot in an older model green Honda Accord with dark window tint.
While en route to Home Depot, another Johnston Police officer reported that he observed the vehicle driving eastbound down Stone Hill Drive. The vehicle was pulled over at 1379 Atwood Avenue, near the entrance to Taco Bell, after it was slowed by heavy traffic.
The driver, Stacie Rodriguez, of 374 Ash St., Brockton, was removed from the vehicle, and police began their investigation, according to the police incident report.
Johnston Police spoke to a loss prevention officer at the store, who told him that a young female wearing striped shorts attempted to steal a cartload of merchandise, including assorted Makita and Dewalt tools, by exiting through the garden entrance, according to the police report.
The suspect pushed the merchandise through the entrance/exit and past the point of purchase without making any effort to pay, police said.
The store loss prevention officer confronted the woman and asked about a purchase receipt, but the woman abruptly abandoned the carriage containing the merchandise and sprinted to an awaiting vehicle, the green Honda Accord, police said.
Rodriguez was later returned to the store for a “show-up” at which time the loss prevention officer positively identified her as the suspect in question.
The loss prevention officer told police that she immediately recognized Rodriguez, because “she’s shoplifted in the past,” according to the police report.
During the July 26 incident, however, Rodriguez allegedly stole a Makita Trimmer (valued at $298), a Makita Trim Kit (valued at $299), a Makita Circular Saw (valued at $269), and Miracle Grow ($9.98).
Photos from past-alleged shoplifting attempts, including a July 23 incident, were also provided to police.
The loss prevention officer told police she would like to press criminal charges.
Rodriguez was taken into custody for misdemeanor shoplifting and transported to Johnston Police Headquarters, according to the police report. Police said Rodriguez has six prior arrests, according to a Bureau of Criminal Identification background check.
Rodriguez was arraigned and released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a District Court date to appear on Oct. 4.
ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER
Around 4:22 p.m., July 18, several Johnston Police officers responded to 20 Park St. for the report of a violation of a no contact order. Upon arrival, police were informed that the alleged suspect had contacted a protected party with a no contact order in place.
The victim told police that the suspect, identified as Devan Richard Tallo, of 20 Park St., Apt. 125, Johnston, ran toward Atwood Avenue wearing a white T-shirt and dark colored shorts.
While searching the area for Tallo, Police Officer Nicholas A. Manocchio spotted him walking south on Rachela Street toward the parking lot at 1573 Plainfield St.
Manocchio parked his cruiser in the parking lot and exited the vehicle.
He told Tallo to put down his beer bottle and place his hands on the cruiser. Tallo complied with his order, and as Manocchio took control of both of Tallo’s arms, in an attempt to place him under arrest, “he began to pull away from me,” Manocchio wrote in the police incident report.
“I calmly told Mr. Tallo to not resist and that he was under arrest,” Manocchio wrote in the police report. “Mr. Tallo then attempted to aggressively pull his arms away from me. At this time, I wrestled Mr. Tallo to the ground in order to [make] the arrest. Mr. Tallo began to wrestle with me on the ground while I repeatedly told him to stop resisting.”
Other officers arrived on the scene moments later. They offered assistance.
“Mr. Tallo continued to violently resist arrest, until we were able to forcibly secure him in handcuffs,” Manocchio wrote in the police report. “It should be noted that I sustained a minor abrasion on my left forearm and minor scratches behind my head from Mr. Tallo’s hands during this incident.”
Tallo was cuffed. Police checked on Tallo’s health, and he verbally confirmed that he was in good health, Manocchio wrote in the police report.”
Manocchio said he noticed minor abrasions on Tallo’s head, arms, knees and back, according to the police report.
Manocchio read Tallo his rights and then transported him to Johnston Police Headquarters.
Johston Fire Department personnel responded to the police department to treat Tallo for his injuries. Tallo signed a medical waiver from with the Fire Department. Tallo was processed without further incident and secured in cell No. 3.
Tallo was charged with Violation of a No Contact Order, three counts of Simple Assault or Battery on a Police Officer and a count of Resisting Arrest, all misdemeanors.
Around 10 p.m., on July 1, while at a fixed post at the intersection of Leading and Laurel streets, Johnston Police Officer Thomas Santurri observed a white Volkswagen with Rhode Island plates allegedly fail to stop at the stop sign.
Santurri detained the vehicle in the area of 16 Leading St., and made contact with the driver, identified as Angel E. Toj, of 68 Glenbridge Ave., Providence.
A check with the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (RILETS) revealed Toj had an active Superior Court full bench warrant for carrying a pistol without a license, out of the Providence Police Department.
Toj was placed under arrest, secured in handcuffs and transported to Johnston Police Headquarters.
He was processed and held pending arraignment.
DMV files also revealed that Toj had a suspended driver’s license, for failure to appear in court on June 4.
Toj was issued a District Court Notice to Appear for Driving with Suspended License, Second Offense, with a mandatory court date of Oct. 4.
Toj signed and acknowledged the form, and was also issued a Johnston Municipal Court Summons for Obedience to Stop Sign.
The vehicle was towed from the scene, searched, and no items or value or contraband were located, Santurri wrote in the police report.
Toj was held pending transport to the ACI Intake Center.
Around 5:30 p.m., June 29, while on a fixed post at 525 Killingly St., Johnston Police Officer Thomas Santurri observed a silver Chevrolet Cobalt with Rhode Island plates travel south on Killingly Street past his location.
As the car passed by, Santurri wrote in the police incident report that he “did not observe the operator wearing his seatbelt.”
Santurri detained the vehicle in the area of 504 Killingly St. and made contact with the driver, identified as Michael R. Beaumier, of 194 Dora St., Providence.
A check with RILETS revealed Beaumier had two active bench warrants from Providence Superior Court.
The warrants stemmed from two different police departments. The first warrant was for a charge of Possession of Schedule 1, from the Warwick Police Department; the second warrant was for a Manufacturing/Delivery/Possession with intent to Deliver charge form the Providence Police Department, Santurri wrote in the police report.
Beaumier was then taken into custody, transported to Police Headquarters, processed and later transported to the ACI Men’s Intake.
Beaumier’s vehicle was towed from the scene, searched and no contraband was found, according to the police report.
Beaumier was also issued a Johnston Municipal Court Summons for not wearing his seatbelt.
FAILURE TO STOP
Around 8:51 p.m., on July 1, Johnston Police officers responded to the area of 236 Central Ave. for the report of a motor vehicle crash with injuries. Upon arrival, a witness on the scene told police that a driver ran from the scene.
The witness told police that the driver was a “short Hispanic male with black spiked hair, wearing a blue tank top, and jean shorts,” according to the police report.
Johnston Police officer Nicholas A. Manocchio said he later located the man in the area of 28 Mills Drive.
The man identified himself as “Luis Rodriguez,” by handing Manocchio an international driver’s license from Guatemala.
The witness from the scene was transported to 28 Mills Drive by another Johnston Police Officer, to identify the driver who ran from the scene.
The witness positively identified Rodriguez as the operator who ran from the scene, according to the police incident report.
The man was advised of his rights and placed under arrest for Duty to Stop In Accident Resulting in Injury.
He was handcuffed and transported to Johnston Police Department Headquarters, where he was processed.
During the processing procedure, the man was fingerprinted, and it was discovered that his real name was Justo Enrique Rodriguez, of 56 Alverson Ave., Apt. 2, Providence, Manocchio wrote in the police report.
Subsequently, Rodriguez was also charged with Giving False Document to Public Official, Obstructing Officer in Execution of Duty, and Driving Without License, First Offense, according to the police report.
Rodriguez was secured in cell No. 3 pending arraignment. He was arraigned and released on $5,000 personal recognizance and given a court date of Sept. 16.