The week that was

The week that was

Man caught after allegedly strangling girlfriend, taking children

A city man, Barrolle Z. Shar, 32, was arrested after allegedly strangling his girlfriend and taking their children. He has since been charged with kidnapping.

Last Saturday, at approximately 8 a.m., officers from the Pawtucket Police Department were dispatched to 442 Mineral Spring Ave. in response to a call about domestic violence. When officers arrived they found a female victim who stated that she had been attacked and choked by her boyfriend. She told police that her boyfriend fled the scene with their two children, ages 3 and 2. She stated that her boyfriend is extremely violent and she feared for the safety of the children.

Pawtucket detectives contacted the Rhode Island State Police to issue an Amber Alert seeking the public's assistance in locating the suspect's vehicle. Detectives learned that the suspect may be at an address in Providence. State Police located Shar's vehicle near the Providence address, before the Amber Alert was issued. The suspect was arrested by the State Police and the children were found unharmed.

Shar was arraigned in 6th District Court on Monday and charged with domestic strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping/domestic."

Police find missing woman

Members of the Pawtucket Police Department said that Luisa Pena Berroa, a woman who had been missing for a week, was found by Central Falls Police after someone recognized her photo and called it in. Police said she was uninjured.

On Oct. 9, relatives of a Pena Berroa, 21, reported her as missing. Pena Berroa left her home on foot, and police originally indicated that she was last seen going to the area of downtown Pawtucket.

Family members launched a publicity campaign to get Pena Berroa back, and were planning a candlelight vigil when she was found. She is three months pregnant and suffers from mental illness.

Pawtucket Police spokesman Maj. Arthur Martins said Monday that there was no new information to report on the circumstances surrounding Pena Berroa's disappearance.