Police Log - 09/12/19

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

IDENTITY FRAUD

Kirk B. Stephenson Jr., 24, 50 Whipple Ave., Warwick, responded to Johnston Police Department the morning of Sept. 5 accompanied by his attorney, Donna A. Uhlmann, who surrendered her client to the custody of Detective Anthony Susso.

Stephenson was arrested on a charge of felony identity fraud. He invoked his constitutional right to remain silent and Uhlmann said he would not be subjected to questioning by Susso. Stephenson was then processed and later transported to Third Division District Court for arraignment. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance until a pre-arraignment conference on Dec. 5.

Stephenson’s arrest stems from an alleged incident on Aug. 23, when a woman responded to Johnston Police headquarters regarding to a fraud complaint. Patrolman Andrew Broccoli said the woman alleged that Stephenson had applied for and received several credit cards using her Social Security and identification to apply for them.

She told Broccoli that, in December, she checked her credit report and noticed that it included several credit cards she never applied for or received.

The credit cards included a Blaze MasterCard and cards from Credit One Bank, Indigo MasterCard, Capital One and Walmart. Broccoli said she provided statements from Credit One ($483.50), Indigo MasterCard ($535.33) and Blaze MasterCard ($462.43) with corresponding balances. No information was provided for the Capital One and Walmart credit cards. Broccoli also noted it is unknown what was purchased with the credit cards.

The reporting party said she did not give Stephenson permission to open the credit cards at any point. She told Broccoli she confronted Stephenson and he advised that he would pay off the remainder of the balance and cancel the cards.

She said she last spoke with Stephenson on April 2 and since then he has not made any attempt to pay off the debt. She provided Broccoli with copies of texts between her and Stephenson. He requested she transfer the debt to his name.

The woman also filed an identity theft report with the Federal Trade Commission on April 10, and she began to receive calls from a debt collector. Broccoli said she told him that is why she had contacted police to file a complaint. She believed her debt had been filed as fraudulent.

SEX CHARGE

Detective Brian M. Loffredi wrote the evening of Sept. 5 that an unnamed individual assisted the department in an investigation, with the instructions to go to the Bel-Air Motor Inn at 2154 Hartford Ave. to meet Jennifer Marshall.

Marshall, 33, of the above address, allegedly required $100 for various sexual acts and she accepted the $100 from the unnamed individual. She is said to have then instructed him to sit at the end of the bed so that she could perform a sex act, at which time Johnston Police detectives entered the room and Marshall was taken into custody without incident.

Marshall was later brought into the Johnston Police Department interrogation room and read her Miranda rights. She stated that she understood her rights and was willing to speak with Loffredi. She is said to have admitted to posting on an escort website and seeing three gentlemen on that same day at her motel room.

Marshall was charged with one count of procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. She was released with a Third Division District Court date of Sept. 16.

LARCENY

Patrolman Matthew C. Rado responded to the front lobby of Johnston Police headquarters the evening of Aug. 27 to speak with an unnamed reporting party in reference to a larceny from motor vehicle.

The man said that while his vehicle was parked in the parking lot at Planet Fitness, 1493 Hartford Ave., for about 45 minutes that evening, someone stole his breaker bar from the front seat. Rado said the man told him his car was unlocked while he was inside the gym.

Rado said the man told him that when he got back to his truck, he found a blue note on his door indicating that an unknown witness observed the incident. The note stated that the unknown witness observed a male subject exit a vehicle and open the passenger side door of the man’s vehicle and take said item from the front seat.

A check of the suspect’s vehicle is displayed on a truck belonging to Frank Natale, 54, 1 Madison St., North Providence. Natale was later arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny under $1,500. He was released with a Third Division District Court date of Sept. 16.

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