Police Beat: Cat and Dog Bites, Felony Assault, Get Off My Bus

Recent arrests and incidents reported by Cranston Police.

The following arrest and incident information was reported by Cranston Police. It does not indicate a conviction.

On June 1, Cranston Police responded to Garden City Treatment Center on Reservoir Avenue for a report of an animal bite.

Police said a 49-year-old Woodbine Street man told them that he was in his back yard when a black and white cat entered his yard and began to attack his kitten. While attempting to separate the animals, he was bit on the right hand and lower arm.

The cat ran off.

Police said a 22-year-old Villa Avenue man was bit by a dog while walking his own dog near Western Promenade and Aumond Street.

Police said the man said he was walking his dog when a small brown dog shot out from 21 Aumond Street and bit him on his left hand.

Linda Phillips of 21 Aumond Street apologized for the bite and said she was getting out of her car when the dog ran to attack the other dog. She said she didn’t realize the man was bitten.

The dog, Boo, is a mixed breed and up to date with all his shots, police reported. The victim said he would get medical attention on his own and did not require an ambulance.

On June 1, Cranston Police stopped Kristina Pratas, 23, of 18 Cullen Road, Lincoln, after an officer on routine patrol saw that the Chevy Impala she was driving had expired registration tags.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and she was issued a Municipal Court summons for driving an unregistered vehicle.

Cranston Police charged Francis Odide Meseck, 23, of 38 Oakland Ave., Cranston, with a warrant June 1 after a routine check of his license during a routine traffic stop showed an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Police said they stopped the car Meseck was driving after its license plates retuned a registered owner who had an expired permit.

The warrant was out of the Smithfield Police Department.

Cranston Police ticketed a Broad Street used car lot after they were found to be parking cars with no license plates on the street.

Police said an officer on patrol June 2 saw a blue Toyota parked on the street in front of without any license plates.

The owner, Raul Delacruz, has been warned by police about leaving unregistered vehicles in the street, police said. On several occasions, his vehicles have been towed.

Rather than tow the truck, the responding officer reported that he issued a summons for incorrect display of license plates.

The officer also noticed that there was a grey Honda parked across the street for sale with plates attached to it that came back to a 1995 white Ford.

Cranston Police charged David W. Chamberlain, 50, of 40 Madison St., Providence, with shoplifting June 2 after he allegedly tried to steal a GPS unit from the electronics department at the .

Police said store security guards watched Chamberlain put the GPS unit in his pocket and attempt to leave the store without paying.

Cranston Police charged Katiria Davilla, 32, of 160 Benedict St., Providence, with shoplifting, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and a warrant June 5 after she allegedly stole $94.67 worth of candy from the .

Police said the store manager told police Davilla was at the Garfield Avenue bus stop wearing zebra print pants. Police found her at the bus stop and took her into custody.

Police also charged an accomplice, Ismael Ortiz Rodriguez, 47, of 102 Linwood Ave., Providence, with obstruction of justice, habitual shoplifting and conspiracy.

On June 6, police charged Sharon Ann McGee, 53, of 1585 Main St., West Warwick, with shoplifting and conspiracy for allegedly stealing $159.39  worth of clothes from K-Mart on Garfield Avenue.

Police said McGee was accompanied by Briana Maria Driggers, 18, of the same address who was caught stealing $104.44 worth of merchandise. She faces the same charges.

Police charged a 31-year-old Providence man with felony assault with a dangerous weapon June 1 after he allegedly attacked a man he thought vandalized his truck in North Providence.

Police said Jonathan Stack, of 28 Royal Ave., reportedly struck a Cranston man numerous times with a blunt object outside a Hillwood Street residence.

Police said Stack filed a police report with North Providence police earlier in the day after his black Ford pickup truck with "I buy junk cars" on the window was vandalized in a Shaw’s Parking lot.

Stack told North Providence police that he suspected the culprits were associated with competing towing company.

The victim, identified by police as Daniel Lastarza, said Stack smashed him in the face several times with what he thought was a stapler. Stack allegedly reached into his car and tried to rip the keys out of the ignition and “broke a part of the key set.”

Lastarza tried to kick Stack out of the drier’s seat and eventually freed himself after a brief struggle and drove away.

Lastarza suffered injuries to his eye that police said might need stitches, but he refused treatment.

A witness told police that Stack approached her while she sat on her porch and asked where Lastarza lived. He told her that Lastarza “drives a black Civic and he smashed my windshield today in North Providence."

The witness said she told Stack that Lastarza doesn’t drive a black Honda Civic. It was then that Lastarza arrived at his residence across the street. Several of his friends got out Lastarza’s car and he was approached by Stack as he began to drive away.

Stack turned himself in to police on June 4. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance. A no-contact order was issued.

Cranston Police said a RIPTA driver reported that a passenger was very belligerent and disturbing after getting on the bus near Oaklawn Avenue June 4.

The driver told police that he drove by the designated bus stop on Oaklawn Avenue because nobody was at the stop. Just as he passed, he heard a man yell and noticed a man running to catch the bus.

The driver stopped and the man “directed numerous profanities at [the driver] for not stopping and was very belligerent and disturbing in his actions.”

The driver called police to have the man removed, but he left the scene before police arrived.

“He did say he was planning on filing a complaint with RIPTA,” police said.

Several riders on the bus told police that they agreed that the actions “of the unidentified person were inappropriate and uncalled for.”

The driver said the man might have been standing in a doorway of a nearby building but not at the posted stop as the bus approached, police said.

Cranston Police charged Scott Matthew Bonelli, 43, of 97 Bracken St., Cranston, with disorderly conduct for allegedly threatening to beat up a former tenant.

Police said Bonelli went to the former tenant’s residence to pick up a $50 money order as part of a court order. At the time, he told the tenant’s wife to tell her husband that if he gives his mother “the finger again,” he would beat him up.

Police spoke with a neighbor who corroborated the complaint, police said.


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