EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident reports, provided by the Johnston Police Department.


On June 21, around 5:30 p.m., several Johnston Police officers responded to the Valero gas station at 135 Putnam Ave. for a report of an erratic driver.

Police were informed that a man was erratically driving a gray Toyota Highlander.

Upon arrival, Johnston Police Officer Micvhael A. Schiappa observed a Highlander bearing New York plates parked in the parking lot of the BMC Mart.

The vehicle was occupied by four black males with the vehicle running, but stopped between gas pumps.

Schiappa notified dispatch and reported the license plate number. Dispatch told him that the vehicle was reported stolen out of New York on June 17.

Schiappa made contact with the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Christopher Williams, of 2924 Snyder Ave., Apt. 2, Brooklyn, N.Y.

While speaking to Williams, three more Johnston police officers arrived on the scene.

At this time, Schiappa removed Williams from the vehicle without incident.

Another officer removed the individual sitting in the passenger seat, at which time he located a BB gun in plain view in the passenger door pocket.

Five more Johnston police officers arrived on the scene.

Schiappa detained Williams in hand restraints. He told police that he took the vehicle from a woman in Brooklyn that day, with her permission, according to the police report.

Williams told police that he then picked up two of his friends in New York, prior to driving to Rhode Island to pick up his cousin.

Williams told Schiappa, “I’m the one that took the car. These guys had nothing to do with it,” according to the police report.

The vehicle was searched and towed from the scene.

Williams was placed under arrest for felony charge of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, first offense. He was held pending arraignment.


On June 21, around 10:44 p.m., Johnston police responded to a home for a report of a subject attempting to enter a residence.

Upon arrival, an officer began speaking to the reporting caller.

Johnston Police Officer Kevin Brady spoke to a man standing in the rear parking lot of Our Lady of Grace Church.

The man, later identified as Christopher M. Desousa, of 2 Patricia Drive, Johnston, was extremely argumentative and wouldn’t answer questions, according to the police report.

The caller identified Desousa as the man who was banging and yelling at the door.

Police were told Desousa did not attempt to make entry, but the victim and her family were very shaken up due to the incident.

Desousa heard this, and became enraged and began to yell, police said.

As police tried to calm him down, he yelled expletives at the victim, according to the police report.

Desousa started to try to entice an officer to fight him at the scene, telling him to “take your gun and badge off, I’ll (expletive deleted) you up.”

Brady walked closer to Desousa in order to calm him down and keep him quiet, but he took a fighting stance and clenched his fists, according to the police report.

Desousa continued to yell he was going to “(expletive deleted) him up,” and once Brady got close to him, he lunged at Brady, appearing he was about to strike the officer, according to the police report.

Brady then used both hands to push Desousa to the ground where he was quickly placed in hand restraints and taken into custody.

Desousa was transported to headquarters and charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was later released with a court summons to appear on Sept. 13.


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