The Police Log is a digest of reports provided by the Johnston Police, Rhode Island State Police and other departments.
Officer Adam Parkinson responded to the Claudia Lee Salon at 433 George Waterman Road on July 31, 2017 in reference to a report of vandalism to the building’s interior. The building was used as a hair salon prior to the tenant, Claudia Lee Azizian, 34, of 123 Rodney Lecours Drive in North Attleboro, Mass., moving out.
Upon arrival at the scene the officer spoke with the reporting party, who advised that Azizian had rented the space for the last seven years and had been a relatively good tenant during that time. They stated that Azizian had paid rent until August 1, 2017 and were scheduled to move out by that date. Azizian advised that she had some prospective renters who were looking to rent out the space, however four to five people had viewed the property though none had committed.
Azizian that week again stated that she had another renter who was really promising, but at that time the reporting party stated they found a businessman who was willing to rent so Azizian could discontinue her efforts to locate a replacement. The complainant then stated that Azizian appeared agitated that a renter was found.
The reporting party advised that the property interior was last observed intact on July 27, and discovered that it was vandalized on July 31. Officer Parkinson conducted a walkthrough of the unit, which he reported was in “shambles.” The vandalism included carved up laminate floors, smashed fire exit signs, curtains stapled to the walls, thermostats stolen and wires severed, shelving smashed, holes punched into walls, bathroom sink missing and pipes severed, toilet seats covers missing, and light switch covers damaged.
More damage was revealed in the basement consisting of cut electrical wires, HVAC insulation torn down, air conditioning pipes severed, light fixtures and tiles smashed. Photos of the damage were taken as evidence. The reporting party indicated that they wished to pursue a criminal complaint. Attempts to contact Azizian were unsuccessful.
On August 11 at 7 p.m., Azizian responded to police headquarters to provide a statement. She spoke with detectives, and provided her account as to how and why the property was removed or damaged. However, she eventually stopped the interview and requested to have an attorney present. She was placed under arrest and charged with vandalism and conspiracy, and later released with a Third District Court summons.
The case was initially dismissed for lack of evidence. After receiving more information, however, the case was reopened. On February 1, 2018, Azizian was re-charged with misdemeanor vandalism and conspiracy.
On February 10 approximately 1:45 p.m., Officer Arthur Petteruti responded to 1010 Hartford Avenue in reference to a disturbance. At the scene he spoke with the calling party, who stated that he was visiting a friend at the apartment complex. While standing on the front porch, he was approached by Ronald Andrews, 38, of 1010 Hartford Avenue Apt. 3 in Johnston, who was upset about the smell of cigarettes going into his apartment through vents.
Andrews was reportedly yelling in an aggressive manor and subsequently stuck the man on the left side with a closed fist. The man then fell to the ground, but did not lose consciousness. The victim sustained a contusion to the left side of his jaw, however he refused to receive medical treatment at the scene.
Officer Petteruti then spoke with Andrews, who stated that while he was sitting in his residence cigarette smoke began to enter his apartment through his vents. He said he tried to speak with the victim, who he said became confrontational. Andrews allegedly stated that he struck the man in the face during the altercation.
Andrews was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing. He was charged with assault of a person over 60 years old causing bodily injury.