Police Log - 05/14/19



Two Warwick Police officers are being credited with helping to save the life of a 16-month-old girl.

According to a statement, Officer Brian Holleran and Officer Anthony D’Abrosca were at the Kohl’s department store at 650 Bald Hill Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. on May 10 for an unrelated call when a woman began calling for help. The woman indicated an infant was choking.

The officers found the infant’s lips were light blue and she did not appear to be breathing. Holleran immediately began administering CPR any making attempts to remove any obstruction to the infant’s airway.

Holleran’s efforts were successful and the infant began to breath on her own. The officers monitored the girl at the scene until the arrival of Fire Department personnel, at which point the infant was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

“Thanks to Officer Holleran’s quick action the infant is expected to make a full recovery,” reads the department’s statement.


Two men have been charged in connection with a weekend altercation involving a knife at Tavern 12 on Post Road.

The incident took place at approximately 12 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

Matthew Foss, 35, 16 Gage St, Warwick, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned Sunday and held on a $6,000 bond with surety.

Kyle M. Taylor, 36, Warwick, is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. He is said to have sustained stab injuries during the incident, although the wounds were not life-threatening. He was hospitalized for treatment and later released with a summons.


Just before 7:30 a.m. on May 2, Officer Alfred J. Silveira responded to a Jefferson Boulevard address for a report of a stolen motor vehicle.

At the scene, the reporting party told Silveira that he had parked the vehicle – described as a white 2000 Ford E-350 box truck – in the parking lot at the address at approximately 3 p.m. on May 1. The reporting party indicated he parks the vehicle at that location daily.

When the reporting party returned to the vehicle on the morning of May 2, he found it was missing. The vehicle – which contained a cargo of potato chips – was said to have been secured and the keys were not inside at the time of the theft. The reporting party said no one else had permission to drive the vehicle and he could not identify any potential suspects.

Surveillance video of the area was not immediately available, according to Silveira. The matter was forwarded to detectives.


At approximately 9:30 a.m. on May 3, Officer Gregory C. Accinno responded to The Gamm Theatre at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard for a report of a larceny from a motor vehicle. Dispatch advised that a catalytic converter had been taken from a van in the theater’s back parking lot.

At the scene, Accinno made contact with the reporting party, who indicated the theft was believed to have occurred between March 20 and March 25. The theater did not wish to press charges but sought to have the incident documented for insurance purposes.


On the afternoon of May 3, Officer Erin K. Cahalan responded to a Warwick Neck Avenue residence for a report of a larceny.

At the scene, the reporting party told Cahalan that a package she had been expecting had been stolen from the residence’s front step. U.S. Postal Service records showed the package – which contained two shirts – had been delivered and signed for. When the reporting party returned home, she found the packaging open with the contents gone. No surveillance video was available, and there were no suspects.


At approximately 5:30 p.m. on May 3, Officer Anthony J. D’Abrosca responded to the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a report of shoplifting. While en route, dispatch advised that the store’s loss prevention department had a woman in custody.

At the scene, a loss prevention associate told D’Abrosca that the woman had been observed selecting multiple items from various sections of the store, including a shirt, socks, toy cars, a car jack, a funnel, an oil filter and two air fresheners. The woman is said to have the proceeded to the garden section before exiting the store without making any attempt to pay for the merchandise.

At that point, loss prevention personnel intercepted the woman and escorted her to the store’s office. The total value of the recovered merchandise was $96.41.

Katie L. Putnam, 32, 2 Eddy St., Cranston, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was held pending an appearance before a bail commissioner.


At approximately 3:36 p.m. on May 5, Officer Derek Mourato responded to the JCPenney location at Warwick Mall for a report of shoplifting. At the scene, an asset protection associate at the store indicated a woman had been detained in the asset protection office in connection with the incident. The associate said the woman had entered the store just after 2:30 p.m. and began acting suspiciously, selecting several cosmetics and women’s clothing items before entering a fitting room.

The woman is said to have left the fitting room with a JCPenney shopping bag, which she then placed beneath a rack of items. The bag was found to contain empty boxes, clothing price tags and jewelry tags that had been removed from items.

The woman then passed all points of purchase and exited the store before being intercepted by asset prevention personnel and escorted to the asset protection office. According to loss prevention, 16 cosmetics and clothing items with a combined value of $422 were recovered from the woman’s handbag.

Maritza V. Diaz, 35, 176 Burnside St., Providence, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was held overnight due to her having been released on personal recognizance in a prior case.


Shortly before 7 p.m. on May 5, Officer Anthony J. D’Abrosca was on patrol on West Shore Road when he observed a 2003 Saturn L200 missing its front registration place. A records check found that the rear plate did not match the vehicle’s listed registration.

D’Abrosca initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the operator. A records check found the operator’s license was not active and that he had been convicted of charges of driving with a suspended license on multiple prior occasions.

Andrew James Sanville, 28, 16 Coutu Court, first floor, West Warwick, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court. He was additionally cited for obstruction of windshield and operating without an inspection sticker.


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