On February 8 at approximately 4:36 p.m., Officers Quentin Tavaras and Walter Larson were dispatched to the Greenwich Avenue Stop & Shop for a report of a fight in progress.
Upon arrival, the officers searched the parking lot for the possible participants but were unable to locate any suspects. A bystander approached and advised that those involved in the altercation had left the lot after the fight ensued within the store and that neither party was on scene.
Officer Tavares then entered the supermarket and spoke with the manager on duty, who stated that moments before he had observed an unknown male customer strike another man, knocking him down to the ground. The attacker then immediately fled towards the store’s exit, and once outside he got into a gold Honda Odyssey. The store manager provided the officer with the license plate number and described the man as around 30 years old, between 5’5” and 5’8” tall, of Latino descent with a music note tattoo under his eye.
According to the report, the officer then spoke with the victim, who said that while walking through the store with his daughter he observed a male speaking loudly and being vulgar. He advised that he heard the man swear several times, which his young daughter heard. He then approached the man and asked him to use a better choice of words, as there were women and children nearby, and then turned around. As he turned, the suspect then proceeded to punch the left side of his face, knocking him to the ground.
Photographs were then taken of the victim, whose face suffered some bruising and swelling beneath his eye. Officer Tavaras then conducted several vehicle checks on the license plate, however, the number provided was not registered to a gold Honda Odyssey. After the police report was taken, it was forwarded to department detectives for further investigation.
Officer Matthew Higgins was dispatched to the Courtyard by Marriott on Jefferson Park Road for a larceny of tires from a vehicle.
At the scene the officer observed a white Toyota Camry in the southern area of the lot, which was missing all of its tires and rims. He then spoke with a hotel employee at the front desk who stated that an unidentified patron had advised her of the situation with the car. The hotel worker stated they had no record of who the car belonged to. It was also discovered that the car was registered to a company and no name was attached to the vehicle.
There were no other vehicles damaged in the lot, nor any other cars missing tires and rims. The car also did not appear to be broken into by suspects. The hotel worker was advised to relay the police report number to the last known operator of the vehicle should they come to the front desk to report the incident. The report was then forwarded to detectives.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Around 5:05 p.m. on February 10, Officer Steven Moretti was dispatched to the front of Brewed Awakenings on Bald Hill Road for an emergency call. While on route, dispatch relayed that a vehicle appeared to have mounted a snow bank in the northbound lane and that the car appeared to have smoke coming from it.
Officer Moretti pulled behind the vehicle when he arrived. At the scene, a witness who stated she was an EMT with the Bristol Fire Department was there to assist. She stated she found a man, later identified as Dean Plowman, 59, of 17 Rogler Farm Road in Smithfield, in the driver’s seat who was unresponsive. A female passenger was in the rear driver’s side passenger’s seat who was slumped over and also unresponsive. The witness stated that she shook the man, who became responsive, and that when she arrived the vehicle was running.
According to the report, the officer made contact with Plowman while reaching inside the car to take the keys out of the ignition. He noted that the female passenger appeared to still be unconscious and slumped over. The witness provided assistance while fire and rescue were dispatched to the scene.
Speaking with Plowman, the officer asked if the passenger had taken any medication or drugs, to which he replied no. Officer Moretti noted that a strong odor of alcohol was emanating from Plowman’s breath, that his speech was slurred and he seemed disoriented and confused.
Fire and rescue arrived on scene and evaluated the occupants. The female passenger was subsequently transported to Kent Hospital for evaluation, while Plowman was cleared at the scene. He was then asked if he would submit to a series of field sobriety tests, which he agreed to. Based upon his performance and Officer Moretti’s training and experience, it was determined that he was unfit to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Plowman was handcuffed and placed in a police cruiser before being transported to Kent Hospital for an evaluation and blood draw. At the hospital, he refused to submit to a chemical breathalyzer test. He was issued a court summons for suspicion of driving under the influence, first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test.
The report notes that Officer Ali Jaafar took a statement from the bartender at Brewed Awakenings, who stated that at about 4:25 p.m. he served Plowman and the female passenger one drink each. Each had a total of three drinks at the establishment and that during the last round of drinks the bartender had to ask the duo to stop kissing. The bartender stated that one-quarter way through their last round the bartender took the drinks and dumped them before giving the woman a bottle of water. They were then cut off from further drinks and they left the establishment at 4:45.
Officer Albert Marano was dispatched to the Bald Hill Road Target on February 11 around 1:47 p.m. for a report of a female in custody for shoplifting.
At the store the officer met with the loss prevention officer who advised that he had observed a woman, later identified as Renee Green, 38, of 1147 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, cashing out some merchandise at a register. She was then observed proceeding to the back wall of the health and beauty section, make multiple selections, and place them in her purse and inside the plastic Target bags. She then passed all points of sale and attempted to exit the store. She was then apprehended by security and brought to the loss prevention office, where $70.09 worth of merchandise.
Green was then arrested, handcuffed and transported to police headquarters where she was booked and processes. She was charged with one count of shoplifting, Background checks revealed that she was on probation and had violated her parole. She was then secured in a cell for the next hearing with the bail commissioner.