EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident and arrest reports provided by the Johnston Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.
On Aug. 25, the Providence County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Dezmond Choquette, 22, of Johnston, with two counts of first-degree child molestation and three counts of second-degree child molestation, according to a press release from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office.
“The alleged acts occurred in the city of Johnston between the dates of June 25, 2015, and January 24, 2023,” according to the press release. “The Johnston Police Department conducted the investigation.”
Choquette is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on Sept. 20.
Around 3:26 a.m., July 13, Warwick Police Officer Brent W. Giles was on routine patrol on Sandy Lane when he spotted a vehicle traveling west and crossing the white line on the road shoulder.
He followed the vehicle, “which then began traveling at a reduced rate of speed,” according to the arrest report. “I was unable to clock the vehicle due to following distance and the speed varied. I estimated the vehicle to be traveling approximately 10 miles below the posted speed limit.”
The vehicle turned left onto Bowen Briggs Avenue from West Shore Road, using a turn signal “approximately 10 feet prior to turning.”
Giles initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Nicholas Rizzo, 27, of 264 George Waterman Road, Apt. 11, Johnston, and after a background check they discovered he had an active arrest warrant out of Johnston Police Department.
Rizzo was arrested and transported to WPD headquarters. He was booked and processed and issued a citation for Time of Signaling Turn. Johnston Police were contacted and two of their officers responded to headquarters to take custody of Rizzo.
Around 11:45 a.m., Aug. 10, Johnston Police Patrolman Nicholas A. Crowe was on a fixed traffic post at 1025 Plainfield St. when he spotted a silver Chevy Aveo pass by with plates registered to a black Jeep.
Crowe initiated a traffic stop at 1229 Plainfield St. and identified the driver as Danny Sanchez, 23, of 61 Aleppo St., Providence. A background check showed the driver’s license was suspended, according to the summons report.
Sanchez was charged with Driving with a Suspended License (fourth and subsequent offense, a misdemeanor), and received citations for Driving with a Canceled Registration and Improper Use of Registration Plates. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
Around 11 a.m., July 26, Johnston Police responded to a store in Johnston following the report of a shoplifting incident. Police redacted the name of the store in the publicly available police reports.
A man was spotted filling a shopping cart full of $1,271.76 worth of Similac (eight cases) and attempted to leave the store without paying. Employees said they would be able to identify the man if they saw him again. One employee told police she was working near the front entrance of the store when she spotted the man run past pushing the carriage full of baby formula.
Employees told police that the man ran to a white Toyota SUV driven by another man, but the store employees were able to record the plate number. Store employees also provided a regional alert flyer depicting two Hispanic men entering another store and stealing baby formula, and it appeared the men from that day’s incident matched the men in the flyer.
The incident was forwarded to the Johnston Police Detectives Division for further investigation.
The SUV came back as reported stolen by the Providence Police Department on July 25.
Following an investigation, Johnston Police charged a Central Falls man in connection to the July 26 theft.
Police arrested Alexis Delgado, 30, of 49 Parker St., Central Falls, and he was charged with a felony count of Shoplifting (three or more subsequent convictions) and misdemeanor Habitual Shoplifting. He was presented as a Superior Court probation violator and a District Court bail violator, according to Johnston Police Detective James L. Seymore. Delgado was incarcerated at the ACI.