Police Log - 08/08/19


The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.


Brittany Resendes, 30, 21 Tucker St., Warwick, turned herself in at Johnston Police headquarters on the evening of July 29, according to Det. John DeAngelis.

Resendes was charged with felony breaking and entering of a dwelling when a resident is home and three misdemeanor counts of domestic disorderly conduct, misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order and simple assault or battery. Resendes has a pre-arraignment conference scheduled for Oct. 23 and bail was set at $10,000 personal recognizance. Resendes was issued multiple no-contact orders.

Resendes’ arrest stems from an alleged incident on July 28. Patrolmen Jared DeAngelis and Edward Gonzalez responded to Constitution Court in Johnston for a report of a disturbance. Two victims met them upon arrival and indicated that they were awoken at 4 a.m. by a knock on the door. One asked who was at the door, and they received no response. One of the victims opened the door, at which point Resendes is alleged to have punched her in the face.

Resendes is alleged to have forced her way in, biting and choking one of the victims. Gonzalez said one victim stated she was continuously scratched, had her hair pulled and Resendes spit in her face as she attempted to hold her back. One victim stated she was able to push Resendes out of the apartment and go to the ground in the hallway of the apartment building. One of the victims told Gonzalez that Resendes was yelling, “I will kill you” and “I know you're in here.” One victim told Gonzalez she believed it was a case of mistaken identity, and that the intended victim was elsewhere in the apartment.

The other woman in the apartment told police that she and her boyfriend were in the bedroom when the commotion woke them up. They responded to the hallway and found their mother struggling with Resendes, attempting to break them up. Resendes allegedly grabbed one of the victim’s cell phones and threw it over the balcony. Resendes was eventually pulled away and escorted outside.

One of the women went outside to retrieve Resendes’ registration plate, at which point she allegedly began yelling “I already hit someone with my Mercedes” as she backed out. Gonzalez said that Resendes accelerated in reverse toward one of the women at a high rate of speed, forcing her to dive in between two parked vehicles to avoid being struck. Resendes then fled the scene, Gonzalez said.


Patrolman Derek Parascandolo was conducting a business check on Shun Pike when he saw a Mitsubishi with its hazards activated. The rear hatch was open and a man was placing something into the vehicle.

Parascandolo said he turned his car around to investigate further, but the vehicle had left the scene. He observed a piece of black tube in the roadway that he recognized as part of the tubing belonging to a backpack blower.

He continued on Shun Pike and then entered onto I-295 north, just prior to where the on-ramp to Route 6 east is located, in an attempt to find the vehicle. Parascandolo eventually located and detained the vehicle. Registration checks revealed cancelled registrations to both a 2000 silver Lincoln and 2004 Mitsubishi. Parascandolo said he observed three Redmax backpack blowers in the rear of the vehicle as he was walking up.

He made contact with the operator, identified as Julio Vega-Gonzalez, 35, 539 Union St., Providence. When asked where he obtained the blowers, Vega-Gonzalez is said to have told Parascandolo that, “They are my bosses [sic], he told me to get them.” When Parascandolo asked who his boss was, he stated he did not know.

Several patrol units arrived to assist, at which point Parascandolo went back to Shun Pike to the location where the blower tubing was located. The fencing surrounding a nearby business was bent in a particular spot so that access could be gained to the property. A walkthrough with the business owner revealed that three backpack blowers were missing, which matched the description of those in Vega-Gonzalez’s possession, according to Parascandolo.

Vega-Gonzalez was charged with driving with a suspended license and felony counts of larceny over $1,500 and receiving stolen goods.


Patrolman Andrew J. Broccoli was on a fixed post at 525 Killingly St. on the morning of July 31 when he saw a vehicle operator who was not wearing a seatbelt.

Broccoli conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the operator, identified as Gregory Tondreau, 51, 11 Station St., Coventry. Broccoli said Tondreau was unable to provide him with a registration and insurance, but did hand him a Utah ID. Broccoli said Tondreau told him he did not have an active license.

Further checks revealed Tondreau did not have an active license and his registration was expired. Broccoli also said he had three active bench warrants, two from Third Division District Court for probation violation and failure to appear and another from Superior Court for failure to appear.

Tondreau was taken into custody on the three warrants and additionally charged with driving without a license. He was also issued citations for operating without a seatbelt, operating with an expired registration, operating without evidence of registration and operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance.


Patrolmen Derrick Palazzo and Nicholas A. Manocchio responded to 30 John St. in Johnston on the evening of July 30 seeking to locate David Hobin, 36, of the above address on an active warrant issued from Warwick Police.

Palazzo knocked on the front door upon arrival and a woman with whom he has had many previous contacts answered. When Palazzo asked if Hobin was inside, the woman is said to have replied, “Yea, what did he do now?” After Palazzo entered, the woman advised him that she believed Hobin was hiding somewhere in the apartment. Palazzo then requested additional officers to respond and assist.

They began searching the residence, first finding Kenneth A. Jordan Jr., 29, of the same address. Checks found that Jordan was wanted on two active Superior Court bench warrants and he was placed under arrest without incident.

Shortly after, Manocchio found Hobin hiding under a mound of clothes stacked to the ceiling. Two more officers arrived on the scene, and they all began shouting orders for Hobin to show his hands and exit the hallway closet. He is said to have refused, at which point one officer pulled him by his legs from the hiding area.

Hobin was placed into custody after a brief struggle. He was taken into custody on a bench warrant issued from Third Division District Court.


On the morning of July 26, patrolmen Remy Mendez and Andrew Broccoli responded to 343 Simmonsville Ave. for the report of a man sleeping in the community room.

Mendez spoke to the maintenance employee, who said he believed the man had been sleeping there for a week. Mendez spoke to the man – identified as Josh Smith, 34, of the above address – who could not provide any sort of identification. Smith provided two dates of birth, both of which did not come back on file.

A cross-agency check did reveal a Joshua Smith, who was wanted on an active Third Division District Court bench warrant for duty to stop at an accident. Smith was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer in the execution of duty for providing a false date of birth twice.


Capt. Mark Vieira was on a fixed post at 2400 Hartford Ave. on the evening of July 31 when he then saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, gauging it to be going 54 mph.

Vieira conducted a traffic stop in the Cumberland Farms parking lot at 2643 Hartford Ave. Vieira spoke with the operator, identified as Michael Esposito, 52, 1403 Warwick Ave., Warwick. A check of the Rhode Island Judiciary Public Portal found that Esposito had one previous conviction for driving with a suspended license.

Esposito was issued a summons to appear in Third Division District Court on Aug. 12 on a charge of driving with a suspended license, second offense. Esposito was also issued a citation for operating without a seatbelt.


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