Police Log 05-23-24

Posted 5/23/24


Around 12:35 a.m., April 14, Warwick Police working a DUI Riptide Patrol spotted a black 2014 Volkswagen driving west on Airport Road near the Post Road intersection.

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Police Log 05-23-24



Around 12:35 a.m., April 14, Warwick Police working a DUI Riptide Patrol spotted a black 2014 Volkswagen driving west on Airport Road near the Post Road intersection.

The vehicle was stopped over the stop line, “positioned within the intersection itself,” according to the arrest report.

The driver was later identified as Michael D. Good, 44, of 29 Crossen St., West Warwick. He allegedly told police that he was driving from Providence to his home in West Warwick.

“While speaking with Good, I observed that he had bloodshot watery eyes,” Warwick Police Officer Nicholas P. DeLuca wrote in the arrest report. “He appeared very nervous and jittery while speaking to me. He kept (tapping) his hands and fidgeting. He also appeared to be anxious, had signs of dry mouth, and kept sniffling. When asked if there was anything in the vehicle to include illegal drugs, Good hesitated and looked away when I asked specifically if there was any Crack Cocaine in the vehicle.”

DeLuca asked Good to exit the vehicle. He then asked the driver to consent to a series of standardized field sobriety tests.

Partway into the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, “Good requested to stop field sobriety testing.”

Police requested “verbal consent” to search Good’s vehicle, based on “their nervous behavior observed.” Good refused consent, so police requested a K-9 be called to the scene. A Rhode Island State Police Trooper responded.

A passenger in the car, identified as Tonya M. Staten, 38, of Providence, was placed under arrest for two active bench warrants.

The K-9’s handler informed Warwick Police at the scene that the dog had “positively hit in several locations of the vehicle to include the driver’s side door, center console, (and) running board on the passenger’s side.”

Police searched where the dog indicated and found “several used needles in a green bag located between the passenger’s side seat and the center console,” DeLuca wrote. “There was also a small green circular container under the driver’s seat.”

Inside, police said they found “a white rock like substance known to me through my training and experience as a Police Officer, as well as being a certified Drug Recognition Exert, as Crack Cocaine.”

Good was arrested and secured in the rear of a cruiser. He was read his rights.

Good was “adamant that he ‘had no knowledge’ of the contraband,” according to police. He was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, booked, and subsequently charged with Possession of Schedule I-V Controlled Substance (under 10 grams). He was held in custody, “due to his probation status,” according to police.

He was also cited for Obedience to Traffic Control Devices.


A Warwick man has been charged with illegally possessing a gun and a knife following a traffic stop.

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced that a Warwick man has been charged in Kent County Superior Court with illegally possessing a firearm and knife following his arrest by the Warwick Police Department.

On May 8, the Office of the Attorney General charged Austin Means, age 26, by way of criminal information, with one count of carrying a pistol without a license and one count of carrying a knife more than three inches in length, according to an AG press release.

“As alleged in the criminal information, on Oct. 5, 2023, a Warwick Police officer observed a Volkswagen Jetta traveling southbound on Oakland Beach Avenue,” according to the press release. “The officer noticed a Minnesota license plate displayed in the vehicle’s rear window and no plate in the license plate bracket. When the officer ran the license plate, it showed that the plate belonged to a 2014 BMW. The officer then conducted a traffic stop, and the driver (the defendant), was not able to provide insurance and registration for the vehicle.”

“As further alleged, the officer asked the defendant to open the driver’s side door to obtain the vehicle’s VIN number and observed a 9mm Glock handgun under the driver’s seat. Upon seeing the gun, the officer searched the defendant’s person and located a 3.5” knife in the defendant’s right pocket,” prosecutors allege.

Means is scheduled for arraignment on May 24 in Kent County Superior Court.


Around 1:55 a.m., April 13, Warwick Police Officer Michael S. Petrarca Jr. was at a fixed post along Centerville Road when he spotted a Nissan Rogue pass by, allegedly drifting over the fog line. He initiated a traffic stop near Tennis RI.

Police identified the driver as Geury Oneal, 26, of 378 Wellington Ave., Cranston. He told police that his license was suspended. It was Oneal’s fourth charge for driving without a license, a misdemeanor and arrestable offense.

Oneal was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. He was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters and his vehicle was towed from the scene.

Oneal was charged with Driving with a Suspended License (fourth offense).


Around 2:11 a.m., Warwick Police Officer Sydney R. Davis spotted a gray sedan with Florida plates. At the fork to turn into Rocky Point Park, the driver of the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta allegedly failed to yield, according to the arrest report.

Davis followed the Jetta into the parking area and ran its registration. A man was driving. The car stopped, the man got out and entered a “portable restroom,” according to police. “The vehicle was left running with its headlights on.”

Police identified the man and spoke to him. He told police there were three other occupants in the car, including his “cousin Brandon.”

Police checked all of their identification.

Police identified one of the occupants as Brandon M. Avila, 23, of 56 Walnut St., Johnston. Police found an active warrant out of the Sixth District Court for failing to appear at a pretrial conference under Avila’s name.

He was arrested and taken into custody. The car and the rest of its occupants were “dispersed” from the park. Avila was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters.


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