On Nov. 21 around 9:25 p.m., Officer Jacob Elderkin responded to the Greenwich Avenue Stop & Shop for a report of a shoplifting in progress. The complainant was a loss prevention associate, who provided officers with a description of the suspect.
Upon arrival the officer positioned himself on the side of the building closest to Lowe’s. He then observed a male subject matching the provided description of the suspect pushing a carriage full of groceries, while riding a skateboard, coming out of the store followed by the loss prevention associate.
After exiting the store, the suspect reportedly pushed the carriage into an island and then proceeded to take off at a high rate of speed on his skateboard. The officer was able to position his cruiser behind the suspect and exit the car. He then called out over the radio that he was in foot pursuit.
The suspect was chased across the parking lot and out onto Greenwich Avenue. The officer advised the suspect to stop or that he would be tased. In an attempt to apprehend the suspect and prevent him from potentially being struck by a vehicle, the officer withdrew his Taser and deployed the weapon into the suspect’s back. However, the suspect was wearing thick clothing and the device did not work. The suspect then continued across Greenwich Avenue, where the officer was able to physically detain him and bring him to the ground.
The suspect continued to struggle with the officer while on the ground in an attempt to escape until the loss prevention officer assisted at the scene. He was later identified as Timothy Paprocki, 35, of 29 Ledgewood Drive in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. Paprocki was then placed in a cruiser and eventually taken to police headquarters. An itemized list was provided by Stop & shop of the $426.67 worth of merchandise that was taken.
As he had a previous conviction for shoplifting, and that this incident involved merchandise worth over $100, Paprocki was charged with felony shoplifting and one count of resisting arrest. He was then held for arraignment.
Officer Ryan Shibley responded to Colleen Haxton’s Liquors on Post road on November 28 at approximately 4:30 p.m. for a report of a shoplifter in custody.
At the store he spoke with the store manager, who informed the officer that he has Jessica David, 36, of 45 Prospect Street in Cranston, in custody. The manager provided a statement alleging that he noticed David grabbing five bottles, take them to the walk in cooler and then walked out of the store without paying for them. The total amount of alcohol stolen was reportedly $124.74 worth.
The manager stated that he would like to have a no trespass order issued against David and that the store wished to press charges. A copy of DVD surveillance was also presented to the officers.
David was placed in handcuffs and transported to police headquarters where she was processed. She was later released with a District Court summons for one count of shoplifting.
At approximately 7:41 on November 28, Officer Ryan Shibley was dispatched to the area of the intersection of Post Road and Warwick Avenue for a report of a hit and run accident. The officer was advised that the suspect was traveling north on Post Road.
The vehicle was eventually located at the intersection of Post Road and Frost Avenue. Contact was then made with the driver, identified as Robert Arroyo Soto, 43, of 570 Benefit Street in Pawtucket. The police report indicates that a strong odor of alcohol was emanating from Soto’s breath and that he appeared to show signs of intoxication. He told officers that he was leaving his friend’s house in Warwick and that he was headed home to Pawtucket.
Soto allegedly told officers that he had six alcoholic Spiked Seltzer cans as well as a nip of tequila, and that he took his last drink about 30 minutes before the traffic stop took place. The officer also observed open alcohol containers within Soto’s reach in the car on the front passenger seat and floor.
Other officers arrived on scene for backup and handled the accident report. The victims of the struck vehicle were transported to Kent Hospital for medical evaluation after complaining about neck and back pain.
Soto was asked to step out from his vehicle and take a series of standardized sobriety tests, which he agreed to. Based upon the officer’s observations and training, it was determined that Soto was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely and was placed under arrest. His vehicle was left in possession of his wife, who arrived on scene shortly after the traffic stop, while he was taken into custody and transported to police headquarters.
At the station, Soto refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was charged with duty to stop, accident resulting in injury, driving under the influence first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was held overnight and transported to court in the morning.
On November 28 at approximately 8:45 a.m. Officers Evan Johnson and Russell Brown responded to the Pawtucket Police Department to take custody of Jason Leach. Leach was taken into custody and on a warrant from the Warwick Police Department for the charge of larceny. He is alleged to have stolen a paint sprayer, nail gun and stapler, with a combined value of $1,150 from a Post Road residence.
Leach was transported to police headquarters where he was processed. He was later released with a Third District Court summons for larceny under $1,500.
Officer Richard Odell was on directed patrol at Gigi’s Pizza on Main Avenue at approximately 5:05 p.m. on November 29 when he observed a male approach his cruiser. The man identified himself as Gilbert Gordon, 37, of 111 Yale Avenue Apt. 2 in Providence.
Gordon allegedly stated that he knew that the officer was going to pull him over as he pulled out of the lot and that he might have a warrant. A background check then confirmed that he had an active bench warrant out of the Third District Court for driving with a suspended license.
He was placed into handcuffs and then transported to police headquarters for booking. His vehicle was left in possession of his girlfriend with his permission. Gordon was later transported to the ACI to await court in the morning.
On November 23 at approximately 3:53 p.m., Officer James Wenneman was traveling north on Post Road when he observed the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident in front of 1325 Post Road.
During the course of the investigation it was discovered that one of the operators, David Palumbo, 39, of 18 Fairway Drive, Apt 1218 in Derry, New Hampshire, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a driving on a suspended license charge. He was taken to police headquarters where he was processed and booked.