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

ASSAULT

On May 14 at 6:15 p.m., Officer Derrick Palazzo responded to the parking lot of 351 Simmonsville Avenue in reference to a disturbance that had just taken place. At the scene, the officer reported that he observed two females engaged in an argument outside of the complex, with numerous people standing outside.

Officer Palazzo was able to separate the women and then spoke with the reporting party, who told the officer that she was standing outside of her apartment with her friend and was approached by Irma Cox, 20, of 221 Mass Ave Apt. 508 in Boston, Mass. The complainant stated that Cox began screaming obscenities at her and an argument ensued which stemmed from a previous incident.

She said she then no longer wished to speak with Cox and began walking inside her apartment complex with her friend, however Cox followed them both to the elevator. Cox then allegedly ran into the elevator and began to punch the woman numerous times in the head and right arm.

Cox then reportedly fled back outside of the apartment complex where the women continued their argument until Officer Palazzo arrived. The officer then spoke to others who corroborated the complainants account and provided a written statement. Cox was then placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and simple assault. She was processed and arraigned before Justice of the Peace Maselli and released on $5,000 personal recognizance with a summons to appear before the District Court.

NO LICENSE

While working a traffic enforcement detail on May 18 around 3:15 p.m., Officer Charles Psilopoulos detained a commercial vehicle on Simmonsville Avenue. Procedural checks revealed that the vehicles operator, Bitalino DeLeon, did not possess a valid driver’s license. DeLeon was placed under arrest and later released on scene with a District Court summons to appear for driving without a license.

WARRANT

While driving back to police headquarters after clearing a construction detail on May 18 around 2:53 p.m., Lieutenant Joseph Salvadore observed an elderly female walking her dog in the area of Johnston High School. He also observed a male speaking with her who was carrying a shopping bag as well as other personal articles.

The Lieutenant reported that it appeared as if the woman was not interested in speaking with the man and she was attempting to walk away. He then stopped and spoke with the woman, who stated that she did not know the man and that he wanted to use her cell phone.

The man, later identified as Kyle DeMello, 25, of 2870 E. Main Rd. in Portsmouth, was detained and he told the officer that he was just released from the ACI Intake Center and was lost. Background checks revealed that DeMello had an active Superior Court bench warrant. He was then placed under arrest without incident and transported to police headquarters. There he was processed and later transported to the ACI Intake Center for the outstanding warrant.

EMBEZZLEMENT

On April 25 around 1:25 p.m., Officer Charles Psilopoulos responded to a report of embezzlement from a business. At the scene he met with the business owner, who advised than an employee is suspected of taking money from the business without authorization.

The owner told the officer that on several occasions, Theresa Perry, 48, of 75 Moccasin Drive in Warwick, allegedly obtained money under false pretenses from the business while the owner was away on vacation. The owner advised that they had contacted their credit card company and cancelled their cards, and had also contacted their financial institution and advised them of the issue.

The owner confirmed that Perry was hired on February 14 as a dispatcher, and that it was common practice for a company credit card to be left in the office for emergence purposes. The owner also stated that three or four checks were left in the office as well for any deliveries or necessary payouts. An investigation into the businesses funds revealed five unaccounted credit card and check transactions totaling $611 that occurred between March 11 and April 14.

The owner confronted Perry about the credit card usage, to which she reportedly replied that “her son took it out of her purse thinking it was hers,” adding that the card was in her possession for “safe keeping.” She also provided conflicting stories about the check usage. The owner then terminated Perry’s employment.

The report was then turned over to department detectives, who investigated the claims. On May 17, detectives responded to Perry’s Warwick address, where she was located and placed under arrest. She was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with felony embezzlement and held for District Court the next day. On May 18, she was arraigned before Judge Ippolito on the charges and released on $5,000 personal recognizance with an August 17 court date.

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