Police Log

Posted 9/27/18

ASSAULT OR BATTERY On Sept. 18 at approximately 2:05 a.m. Officer Christopher Cote responded to Kent Hospital for the report of an assault on a West Warwick police officer. It was reported that a West Warwick arrestee had bit the finger of the officer.

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On Sept. 18 at approximately 2:05 a.m. Officer Christopher Cote responded to Kent Hospital for the report of an assault on a West Warwick police officer. It was reported that a West Warwick arrestee had bit the finger of the officer.

The West Warwick officer had transported the arrestee, identified as John Michael Martinelli III, 21, of 1646 Main St. Apt. #2 in West Warwick, to the hospital for a check-up after finding him while on detail.

While Martinelli was on the stretcher, he began thrashing about and while the West Warwick officer tried restraining him he bit him on the finger, causing a minor laceration.

Martinelli was charged on scene by Officer Cote with Simple Assault and was given a court summons.


On Sept. 17 at approximately 5:05 p.m. Officer Timothy Tavares responded to the Balise Toyota on Post Road for the report of an assault in progress. It was reported that the incident stemmed from road rage, which resulted in one man pulling another man out of his car and hitting him.

The reporting party had given the registration of the man’s car who had committed the assault, which came back to Robert Judge, 53, of 187 Park Ave. in Cranston. Judge had fled the scene by the time the officer got there, though the victim was still there.

The victim said that after a brief road rage incident on Post Rd., involving vulgarities and obscene gestures from both men, Judge got out of his vehicle and attempted to pull the victim out of his car. He said Judge then left the scene and went into the Balise Toyota parking lot, at which point the victim followed him in and got out of his vehicle to start recording on his phone.

He said Judge then pushed him and knocked the phone out of his hand, then took the phone and threw it on the ground before driving away.

The victim showed the officers the video on his phone which showed Judge appearing to push him. Officer Tavares also confirmed it was Judge in the video through his license photo in the system. The victim said he would like to press charges for the assault.

Multiple officers then drove to Judge’s address on Park Ave., where they found him in his home. They took him into custody and brought him to police headquarters.

There, Judge was charged with Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct, and he was then released with a court summons.


On Sept. 17 at approximately 2:45 p.m. Officer Thomas Duncan responded to Inskip BMW on Bald Hill Rd. for the report of a stolen shift knob from one of their BMW’s in the parking lot.

The reporting party said that video surveillance showed an unknown male driving a gray Toyota Tacoma, for which they couldn’t get an accurate license plate number, was in the lot around 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 15. The video showed him getting into the 2016 BMW M3 and he appeared to have popped off the gray shaft knob with the boot in the car, which was valued at $420.

A copy of the video surveillance could not be taken yet, but the dealership was going to send it in within a few days. There was nothing further to report and a complaint was taken.


On Sept. 22 at approximately 6:47 p.m. Officer Sara Goes picked up Joseph Santos, 59, of 348 Aqueduct Rd. of Cranston, at the Johnston Police Station, as they had picked him up for a warrant out on him regarding a larceny at the Savers store on Universal Blvd. in Warwick.

Santos had taken a $10.99 bicycle and two $10.99 surfboards from the store and left without paying.

Santos was charged by Warwick police for Larceny/U $1500 and the warrant out on him was withdrawn.


On Sept. 22 at approximately 4:00 p.m. a man reported to Warwick police that his vehicle’s driver’s side window had been smashed with a rock. He said his car was parked in the lot next to the bike path on Natick Road and he found the window smashed and a rock sitting on the front seat. The report was documented.


On Sept. 21 at approximately 10:52 a.m. Officer Timothy Lipka responded to the J.C. Penney at the Warwick Mall for the report of a shoplifter in custody.

Upon arrival, he found Kristine Gilbert, 48, of 301 Main St. Apt. #417 in Pawtucket, in custody with loss prevention. The store employee said that Gilbert had taken several items from the women’s perfume section and placed them in a shopping bag. She said she also observed the female to take several pants and go into the fitting room, then come out without any merchandise visible.

Gilbert was then said to leave the store with all the merchandise without paying, before being apprehended outside and brought back in without incident.

In total, Gilbert had tried taking $205 in merchandise. Gilbert was transported to police headquarters, where she was charged with Felony – Shoplifting due to a previous conviction.


On Sept. 20 at approximately 8:30 a.m. Willie Amparo was arrested by Officer Julio Benros for a warrant out on him for shoplifting $199.99 worth of merchandise from the Kohl’s store on Bald Hill Rd. He had taken the items on Aug. 26 but had left them there before fleeing the scene. Amparo was transported to third district court.


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I am really glad to hear that someone was caught and charged for the road rage incident. The proliferation of youtube videos of road rage has been very eye-opening for me. It appears as if people don't think there will be any repercussions to their behavior. This time, thankfully, the person was caught and will be responsible for his actions.

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