Assault charges top Portsmouth police reports

Larceny charges topped Portsmouth police reports on Sept. 19. Featured below are the reports provided by the Portsmouth Police Department. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Assault charges topped Portsmouth police reports this past week in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. 

 

Pawtucket man charged after vehicle strikes building

Brian Edward Mercurio Jr., 22, of 55 Garden St., Apt. 6, Pawtucket, was arrested on July 13 at 2:40 p.m. after a vehicle reportedly struck a building on East Main Road. Police were called on July 13 at 2:14 p.m. to National Embroidery, located at 3390 East Main Road, for a report that a vehicle struck the building. No injuries were reported. The building sustained only minor damage. 

Upon arrival, police saw a man approximately 50 feet away from the vehicle walking towards Basin Street. The man allegedly gave police a false name. He later gave police his correct name. The man, Mercurio, was wanted on a Sixth District Court bench warrant. He was charged with obstruction of an officer in the execution of duty. 

 

Bristol man charged with simple assault 

Joseph Jordon Botelho, 20, of 11 Ursula Drive, Bristol, was arrested on July 12 at 1:36 p.m. and charged with simple assault or battery. On July 12 at 10:15 a.m., police were called to a Portsmouth residence for a possible assault. The suspect, Botelho, allegedly grabbed a 17-year-old Portsmouth female by the neck. The victim and Botelho know each other.

 

Portsmouth teen charged with disorderly conduct 

A 15-year-old Portsmouth girl was arrested on July 12 at 6:25 p.m. and charged with disorderly conduct. On July 12, at 6:24 p.m., police were called to a group home for a report of a female on the roof of the residence. The girl returned inside the residence before officers arrived. The girl also allegedly screamed at staff members.

 

New Bedford man charged with DUI

Jose Robert Tirado, 40, of 277 Princeton St., Apt. 2, of New Bedford, Mass., was arrested on July 13 at 1:40 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence (DUI), first offense, Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or greater. On July 13 at 1:16 a.m., a police officer traveling in a cruiser southbound on West Main Road observed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. Radar recorded the vehicle traveling at 61 mph in a 45-mph zone. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Tirado was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.183 on the first sample and 0.178 on the second sample. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.

 

Bristol woman charged with DUI

Julia Luis Perry, 20, of 46 Bourne St., Bristol, was arrested on July 13 at 1:52 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. On July 13 at 1:41 a.m., police were called to a Portsmouth residence near Bristol Ferry Road for another incident. On the way, an officer observed a vehicle pulled off to the side of the road with the engine running and hazard lights on. A woman sitting in the driver’s seat exited the vehicle. She told police her vehicle had a flat tire and her father was coming to change the tire. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol. The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Perry, was transported to the police station where she refused a chemical test. During an inventory search, police also located a fake Connecticut driver’s license with a false birthdate, making Perry 22-years-old instead of 20. 

 

New Bedford man charged with DUI

Gene Anthony Mendes, 23, of 264 Bonney St., New Bedford, Mass., was arrested on July 13 at 4:28 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. On July 13, police responded to West Main Road and Union Street for a report of a vehicle broken down. Upon arrival, police saw a man sitting in the driver’s seat. The man told police his vehicle had a flat tire. Two passengers told police that the driver, Mendes, was “driving drunk.” The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. After failing a field sobriety test, Mendes was transported to the police station where he refused a chemical test.

 

Portsmouth and Middletown boys charged after alleged fight

A 17-year-old Portsmouth boy was charged with simple assault and battery on July 10 at 7:06 p.m. after allegedly being involved in a fight. A 17-year-old Middletown boy was also charged with simple assault and battery and disorderly conduct in connection with the same alleged fight. Police were called to Rhode Island Boulevard in the area of Berkley Avenue on July 10 at 6:27 p.m. for an alleged fight in progress. The Portsmouth boy was released into his father’s custody, while the Middletown boy was transported to the police station and later released into his mother’s custody. 

 

Portsmouth girls charged with assault after alleged fight

A 15-year-old Portsmouth girl was arrested on July 11 at 7 p.m. and charged with simple assault or battery after allegedly being involved in a fight. Police were called on July 11 to a residence on Bristol Ferry Road for a report of two juveniles fighting. A 16-year-old Portsmouth girl was also arrested and charged with simple assault or battery in connection with the same fight.

 

Portsmouth woman charged with DUI

Jocelyn Mendonsa, 42, of 3277 East Main Road, Portsmouth, was arrested on July 8 at 12:23 a.m. and charged with DUI, first offense, BAC of 0.15 or greater. On July 8 at 12:03 a.m., police observed a vehicle traveling northbound on West Main Road near King Charles Drive drift over the yellow lane and then swerve back into the left lane. The officer then observed the same vehicle drive over the center lane again, nearly striking another vehicle. The vehicle was stopped at Hedly Street and Highpoint Avenue. The driver’s eyes appeared bloodshot and watery. After failing a field sobriety test, the driver, Mendonsa, was transported to the police station. A chemical test obtained a BAC reading of 0.187 on the first phase and 0.186 on the second phase. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.

 

Middletown man charged with DUI, willful trespass 

Ryan C. Randall, 30, of 294 Prospect Ave., Middletown, was arrested on July 8 at 3:14 a.m. and charged with domestic, willful trespass; DUI, first offense, BAC of 0.08 to 0.10; and possession of marijuana, 1 ounce or less. On July 8 at 2:46 a.m., police were called to a Portsmouth residence for a report of a man that allegedly refused to leave the residence. The man was known to the resident.

While responding, police observed the suspect’s vehicle on Dexter Street. Police observed the vehicle traveling at a very slow speed, approximately 15 mph. Police stopped the vehicle on Freeborn Street.

Officers detected an odor of alcohol and the smell of marijuana. The driver, identified as Randall, handed police a small clear plastic bag of marijuana. After failing a field sobriety test, Randall was transported to the police station. A chemical test measured a BAC of 0.088 on the first phase and 0.090 on the second phase. The legal BAC limit in Rhode Island is 0.08.

 

 

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