Following a June 9 Interim Report of the Statewide Grand Jury, Joao Soares, age 30, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, faces charges for acts allegedly committed in Warwick between 2007 and …
Following a June 9 Interim Report of the Statewide Grand Jury, Joao Soares, age 30, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, faces charges for acts allegedly committed in Warwick between 2007 and 2009.
According to a press release from Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha’s Office, the Statewide Grand Jury returned a secret indictment charging Soares with seven counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation.
“The alleged acts occurred in the city of Warwick sometime between May 1, 2007, and September 30, 2009,” according to the press release. “The Warwick Police Department conducted the investigation.”
According to the District Attorney, the indictment against the defendant was unsealed and he was arraigned in Kent County Superior Court on June 15.
“An indictment, information, or complaint is merely an allegation,” according to the press release. “A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”
Around 12:50 a.m., May 11, Warwick Police Officer William F. Spahr was on routine patrol driving north on Post Road when a 2017 Acura MDX passed him in the opposite direction, allegedly traveling “at a high rate of speed.”
Spahr turned his cruiser around and followed the vehicle, clocking it at 70 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, according to the arrest report.
“I conducted a traffic stop, utilizing my overhead lights and sirens,” Spahr wrote. “Upon doing so, the vehicle took an immediate right turn form the outside travel lane, crossing two lanes of travel without using a turn signal.”
Police identified the driver as Kevin M. Farley, 44, of 25 South St., Barrington.
“I observed that Farley’s face was very red and he had bloodshot and watery eyes,” Spahr wrote in the report. “I asked him where he was coming from, to which he stated that he was coming from Bristol. I asked Farley where he was going, to which he stated that he was heading to his home in Barrington. I made him aware of the fact that he was no where near his destination.”
According to the report, Farley “continuously stated that he was ‘following the route home.’”
“I asked him if he had consumed any alcohol prior to driving, to which he stated that he had drank multiple IPA beers,” Spahr wrote. Police noted the smell of alcohol on Farley, and that he was allegedly “uneasy” on his feet and “swayed on his feet to maintain his balance.”
Farley consented to a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He declined a chemical test.
Following the tests, Farley was arrested and charged with DUI of Liquor (BAC unknown, first offense). He was assigned a Third District Court date of May 19. He was also issued citations for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (first offense), Speeding, and Method of Giving Signals. He was assigned a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal court date on July 27 and released from headquarters to the “custody of a sober adult.”
At 11:37 a.m., Warwick Police Officer Jordan P. Guyton responded to the CVS at 2790 Post Road following the report of a female passed out in the driver’s seat of a car.
Upon arriving on the scene, Guyton spotted the car, which was parked across “both a handicapped space and a non-parking zone,” according to the arrest report.
“It appeared that there was a male and a female in the vehicle,” Guyton wrote. “I then made contact with the subjects in the vehicle.”
The woman woke up and rolled down the window to speak with police.
“As I was speaking with her, she appeared lethargic,” Guyton wrote in the report. “The male also woke up as I continued to speak with the female. The female’s speech was slurred.”
The driver gave police an identification card. She told police that she has a “methadone dose daily due to her past opiate use,” according to the report. “She stated that she was not under the influence of any other substances or alcohol. She was unable to provide me with a driver’s license. She stated that she does operate this vehicle; however, she does not have a license to do so.”
The man also allegedly “appeared lethargic.”
“In speaking with h, his speech was slurred,” Guyton wrote. “He communicated that he was an avid opioid user and at this time had his daily dose of methadone, which is the reason why his speech was slurred and he appeared tired.”
Police asked the man his name. Repeatedly he told them “Kevin Anderson” and gave a birthdate. Police were unable to find records of a man by that name, with that particular birthdate.
Eventually the man told police his first name was “Robert.”
Guyton escorted the man to the back of a cruiser. Finally he told police that his name was Kevin Lee Wulff, 49, of 19 Lottie Drive, Riverside. After a background check, police determined Wulff had eight outstanding Superior Court bench warrants for Failure to Appear in court.
The vehicle was towed from the CVS parking lot. The driver received a No Trespass Order from the CVS parking lot.
Wulff was transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, charged with Obstructing Officer in Execution of Duty, booked and processed.
“Kevin apologized for giving me the false identifications, stating that it was due to personal issues,” Guyton wrote in the arrest report.
FAILURE TO STOP
Around 5:04 P.M., May 11, Warwick Police were dispatched to the area of Main and Kenyon avenues for the report of a hit and run involving a vehicle that left the scene after a crash.
Dispatch told responding officers that the vehicle was described as a silver Mustang with Rhode Island plates, with front end damage. The victim’s vehicle had rear-end damage.
Multiple officers responded to the area and spoke to the victim, who told police he wanted to press charges.
The driver told police that he was heading home from work toward Greenwood Bridge, when the person in front of him hit their brakes hard, causing him to “stop hard as well.” He was rear-ended.
The victim, who was driving a Toyota RAV4, pulled into the Greenwood Community Church. The Mustang pulled over, but the driver said he “did not want to involve cops.” He allegedly told the victim not to call police.
The victim told the driver that he had to, but the man got in his car and left the scene.
The victim told police the “man seemed under the influence.” He gave police the plate number and a description of the driver.
Police traced the plate to a residence in Coventry. Warwick Police Officer David L. Boardman traveled to the address looking for Jason Scott Brayman, 41, of 22 Pond View Drive.
“It should be noted that I have had previous encounters with Brayman,” Boardman wrote in the arrest report. “I responded to the back of the house after seeing tire marks on the lawn which led to the rear of the house.”
The Mustang was parked in the back, with front-end damage. The hood was pushed in, according to police.
Brayman came outside and allegedly admitted to being involved in the crash. He told police that he “left the scene because he had a suspended license and no insurance on the vehicle as it was just recently purchased.”
Brayman was cuffed and transported to Warwick Police Headquarters where he was booked and processed on two charges — one count of Failure to Stop for Accident Resulting in Damage to Attended Vehicle and one count of Driving on Suspended License (third offense; a misdemeanor). He was given a Third District Court date.
Brayman gave police a written statement: “I … was in an automobile accident … on Main Ave. and someone stopped short which made the Toyota RAV4 white slam its brakes and then I hit the rear bumper. We both pulled into the church parking lot and exchanged information and talked for 20 to 30 minutes. I left him my phone number and had to rush home for a separate situation. We were both not hurt and the guy in the Toyota RAV4 apologized over and over again saying he was so sorry and that the guy in front of him caused the accident.”
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