Police Log - 05/16/19


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


Lt. Joseph Salvadore was on patrol the afternoon of May 9 when he saw a vehicle with window tint and both the operator and front passenger not wearing seatbelts.

A motor vehicle stop was initiated. When the passenger identified himself, Salvadore said he was unable to locate other information – such as a previous arrest history or driver’s license – to confirm his name. The driver said that her passenger’s name was Jonathan Perez, but checks on that name were negative as well.

Salvadore said that he had reason to believe that “the male was not being truthful with his name and date of birth and was attempting to obstruct my investigation and lie to me.” The man – later identified as Ranfy Delarosa, 30, 1 Valley St., Providence – was taken to headquarters for processing.

During the ride back, however, Salvadore said Delarosa began to yell and swear that “he would get me.” Salvadore said that Delarosa, in the presence of two other officers at the station, told him, “Wait till I see you. I’m gonna get you.” Salvadore said he interpreted that as a threat to his family and himself. Delarosa was charged with felony threat to public officials and misdemeanor obstructing an officer in the execution of duty.

In his supplementary report, Capt. Mark A. Vieira said Delarosa refused to cooperate with the booking process and would not allow photographs or fingerprint processing. A check revealed that Delarosa had active warrants from the Providence Police Department on a charge of simple assault and Sixth Division District Court for failure to appear for a pretrial conference stemming from the former charge.

Delarosa will have a violation hearing on May 23, with a pre-arraignment conference scheduled for Aug. 5


Patrolman Richard J. Varan observed a vehicle traveling west on Waveland Street with no front registration plate or inspection sticker on the evening of May 7.

Varan conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Marc Wagnac, 22 Jackson Ave., Johnston. Varan said a Department of Motor Vehicles check showed that Wagnac had a suspended Rhode Island driver’s license. The same check revealed that the registration did not match the car Wagnac was operating. Wagnac also had an active Third Division District Court bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on a previous driving on a suspended license charge.

Wagnac was taken into custody on the bench warrant and arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense. Wagnac was issued Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal summonses for May 30 for operation of an unregistered vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. Police said he was also issued Johnston Municipal Court summonses for May 29 for display of plates and no inspection sticker.


Patrolman Arthur Petteruti was in the area of 1357 Hartford Ave. the night of May 9 when he saw a vehicle with no front registration plate, a cracked front windshield and an expired inspection sticker.

Petteruti conducted a traffic stop nearby and identified the driver as Aaron Dalomba, 26, 186 Lippitt St., Providence. A check revealed that Dalomba had an active Providence Police Department warrant for two counts of shoplifting. Dalomba was arrested and taken to headquarters, where he awaited transfer into Providence Police custody.


Patrolwoman Kayleigh T. Cooper was on a fixed post at 200 George Waterman Ave. on the evening of May 10 when she saw a vehicle without a front plate affixed to it.

A motor vehicle stop was initiated nearby, at which point Cooper said she saw that the registration plate was expired. She spoke with the operator – identified as Raymond Sotomayor, 44, 104 Leah St., Providence – who said that he had recently purchased the vehicle and had not gotten a chance to register it. Cooper said a check showed that Sotomayor has a suspended license, and that this was his third offense. He was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and issued a Third Division District Court summons. Sotomayor was also issued a summons for display of plates and operation of an unregistered vehicle.


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