At approximately 7:50 p.m. on April 22, the Warwick Police Department responded to 150 Gordon Avenue for a domestic disturbance. Prior to police arriving they were informed that the suspect had discharged a firearm multiple times as tenants fled the residence. As initial responding officers arrived they observed the suspect exit the home and fire one round from a handgun before retreating back into the home.
Officers surrounded the home while S.W.A.T. Team and Crisis Negotiating Team personnel responded. At approximately 8:45 p.m. the Crisis Negotiating Team was able to make contact with the suspect and began negotiating his surrender. At 10:30 p.m. the suspect surrendered without incident. There were no injuries.
Michael McVeigh, 63, of Gordon Avenue, was transported to Kent Hospital for evaluation. McVeigh and his family recently suffered a hardship with the loss his daughter, Ashley, at the age of 33 in February.
He was later brought to WPD Headquarters, where he was charged with the following: two counts of domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic simple assault, domestic disorderly conduct, refusing to relinquish a telephone, and firing in a conduct area.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE WITH GUN
On April 22 at approximately 9:45 p.m., a motorist alerted a Warwick police officer who was working a construction detail at West Shore Road and Main Avenue that there was a suspected drunk driver in the area driving erratically. As the officer approached the vehicle to make contact with the driver, the vehicle sped off. The officer then followed the vehicle, which eventually stopped approximately 1,000 feet away in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on West Shore Road.
According to the report, when the officer made contact with the operator he immediately noticed signs of intoxication as well as spent shotgun shell casings strewn about the vehicle. When asked if the operator was carrying any firearms, he confirmed that he was. While the officer was attempting to take the suspect into custody he first became verbally abusive towards the officer then physically resisted and attempted to get back into his vehicle. The officer was able to subdue the suspect.
A loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol was found in the vehicle. A DUI investigation was completed and the suspect, Franco Didomenico, 55, of Meadow View Road in Warwick, was charged with carrying a weapon while intoxicated, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical test and threats to public officials.
The Warwick Police Department is looking for two graffiti suspects in connection with vandalism at Warwick Veterans Junior High School. On the evening of April 10, security footage captured a male and female suspect walking a dog on school grounds. The male was on video concealing what appeared to be a black can of spray paint.
The graffiti left at the scene was a swastika on the walkway in front of the building and male genitalia painted on a reserved parking sign. A vulgarity filled statement was also spray painted on the brick wall of the small gymnasium.
On April 11 the graffiti was cleaned up by the custodian and documented by the School Resource Officer on April 13. Those with information about the incident or the suspect are asked to contact Detective Chris Lo at (401) 468-4273 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Officer Adam Arico responded to the Warwick Avenue Jamestown Apartments on April 18 for a reported vandalism.
At the scene he met with the reporting party, who stated that on April 17 at approximately 11 p.m. he returned to his apartment and parked his vehicle in the lot off Lake Shore Drive. Around 5:30 the next morning a friend walking his dog noticed that the car’s four tires were flat. The vehicle owner inspected the tires and found numerous slice and puncture marks on all of the wheels.
The victim estimated the value of the tires at $800, and if a suspect is caught he would like to press charges.
On April 15 at 2:27 p.m., Officer Mark Jandreau was dispatched to Sears for a shoplifting in progress. Dispatch stated that a gold Lexus was leaving the parking lot via the Toys R Us exit and that a male wearing a green hat was the sole occupant in the vehicle. He was suspected of taking shoes from the store.
A check of the scene proved negative and the suspect was not found. Checks of the car’s license plate came back with a female subject’s name in Providence. A check of the residence at a later time also proved negative. Store security prepared an evidence video for the police to take, and the report was forwarded to department detectives for review.
DRIVING TOO SLOW
While traveling south on Route 95 in the area of exit 10 on April 10 around 12:16 p.m., Officer Aaron Steere observed a vehicle traveling at a speed much lower than the rest of the traffic. Other vehicles were traveling to the car’s right and left in order to pass it.
Officer Steere pulled up close to the vehicle and observed that the driver had his hands at the 10 and 2 position on the steering wheel, and clocked the vehicle traveling 50 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. It appeared to the officer as that the operator of the vehicle was overly cautious while driving, which he found out of place.
Checks were then conducted, which revealed that the subject driver, identified as Eddy Varela, 28, of 22 Lorraine Street in Pawtucket, had been previously stopped operating the car and that his license was suspended. He was also found to have an outstanding warrant from the Third District Court. Once background checks were completed, a traffic stop was initiated.
After asking the occupants to exit, positive identification of Varela was confirmed, according to the report. Varela stated he was unaware that his license was suspended. He was eventually taken into custody and transported to police headquarters, where he was processed for the warrant and issued a summons for driving on a suspended license. He was later transported to Kent County Courthouse.