Police Log - 03/12/20


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


On the morning of March 3, Vincenzo P. Mazza, 39, 2 Rollingwood Drive, Johnston, responded to headquarters to turn himself in on a Johnston Police warrant for a charge of willful trespassing.

Mazza was processed and released with a Third Division District Court summons for March 9. Mazza’s arrest stemmed from an alleged incident took place the evening of Feb. 16, when Patrolman Michael A. Schiappa and two other officers responded to a call for service.

Upon arrival, Schiappa said he spoke with two parties who said Mazza had been knocking on the front door of their residence attempting to speak with someone. Both said they did not answer the door, and Mazza left the property about two minutes later.

One party said they had previously filed a trespass order on Aug. 14, 2019, against Mazza with the Johnston Police Department. Checks confirmed the order had been filed.

Schiappa said he and the other officers reviewed surveillance footage in which he was able to identify Mazza due to prior interactions. He said he observed Mazza standing on the front steps, knocking on the front door multiple times asking to speak with an unidentified party. After about two minutes of no response, Schiappa said Mazza returned to a vehicle and left the scene. A warrant was later drafted for his arrest.


Patrolman Arthur Petteruti was on patrol in the area of Plainfield Pike and Elks Drive the morning of March 2 when he saw a vehicle with no front registration plate affixed.

As the vehicle went by his location, Petteruti said he conducted a DMV check on the vehicle used the registration on the back of the vehicle, but the system was down momentarily and no data was returned to his laptop.

As Petteruti exited the parking lot, he said he attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle but lost sight of it on Comstock Drive in Cranston. Shortly after, he received a late NCIC inquiry advising the registered owner – Eduardo Luis Santos, 26, 96 Pocasset Ave, Providence – was wanted on an active felony warrant from the Woonsocket Police Department for a charge of delivery of fentanyl. Due to this information and his positive identification of Santos, Petteruti said he took a fixed post on Plainfield Pike. He said dispatch personnel contacted Woonsocket Police, who confirmed the warrant was active.

At about 12:30 p.m., Petteruti said he observed the suspect vehicle pass his location and enter the on-ramp for Interstate 295 north. Due to the NCIC warrant being for a felony charge, Petteruti said he waited to activate his emergency lights and sirens until additional patrol units responded to his location.

Once other units arrived, he activated his emergency lights and sirens and conducted a motor vehicle stop in between exists 9C and 10 on I-295 north.

At that time, Petteruti said Santos was removed from his vehicle without incident and placed under arrest. He was later released to the custody of Woonsocket Police after being processed.


Patrolman David Galligan responded to 1410 Atwood Ave. on the afternoon of March 5 for a report of a motor vehicle accident with no injuries.

Galligan said a RILETS check on one of the operators involved – identified as Michael A. Galuppo, 52, 351 Simmonsville Ave., Johnston – revealed that he was wanted on an active Cumberland Police Department arrest warrant for two counts of embezzlement/conversion over $100.

Galuppo was taken into custody without incident and transported to headquarters. He was later processed and turned over to Cumberland Police.


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