Pawtucket police log

Pawtucket police log

Man faces host of charges after leading police on chase

State Police last Thursday arrested Pawtucket resident Richard Reis, 56, for numerous criminal charges and outstanding warrants following a brief, but wild, car chase and crash.

Police attempted to stop Reis as he was speeding on Diamond Hill Road in Woonsocket. He tried to evade troopers by moving behind a building at the Walnut Hill Plaza. Troopers located the red Taurus, but Reis fled after striking a trooper on his side as the officer tried to pull him from the car. Reis then exited the plaza and crashed into the Shell gas station nearby. Troopers again moved in and tried to arrest Reis, but he reversed his car before fleeing north on Diamond Hill Road.

The pursuit ended after Reis crashed the Taurus into four other cars. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for injuries sustained from the multiple crashes. One of the other drivers was also transported to Landmark Hospital for injuries. The trooper did not sustain any injuries as a result of being struck.

In the suspect's car, police say they found merchandise that was allegedly stolen from Emerald Square Mall.

Reis was to be arraigned at Sixth Division District Court upon his release from the hospital on numerous charges, including driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, and operating on a suspended license for a DUI.

He was also wanted by a number of other police departments for various offenses, including failure to appear for a pre-trial conference for forgery and counterfeiting by the Pawtucket Police Department. There were many warrants out for his arrest. He was also issued numerous civil traffic citations.

Police investigate shots fired in car chase

Police responded to the intersection of Pawtucket Avenue and George Street early last Thursday morning for a report of shots fired and a car crash.

Upon arrival, at about 2:05 a.m., officers found a car resting against a utility pole. The car had several bullet holes in it. Witnesses told investigators that they saw one vehicle being chased by a small- to mid-sized dark vehicle at a high rate of speed down Pawtucket Avenue from Providence. Someone in the car was firing a handgun at the lead vehicle. When the chase came to the intersection of Pawtucket Avenue and George Street, the driver of the lead vehicle was unable to negotiate the corner, and struck a guard rail and then the telephone pole.

When police arrived, the people in the overturned vehicle were standing near it. One of them was transported to Memorial Hospital for minor injuries related to the accident. No one sustained injuries from gunfire.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Susan Cormier at 401-727-9100, ext. 756.

Leite indicted for sexual assault

The Providence County Grand Jury indicted Homero Leite, 38, of 249 Pleasant St., on one count of first-degree domestic sexual assault.

It is alleged that sometime on Jan. 29 or 30, Leite sexually assaulted his girlfriend in Pawtucket. The Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.

Leite is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on May 20.

Sperduti arrested for child porn

Members of the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Jason Sperduti, 37, of 10 Goff Ave., for possession of child pornography and transfer of child pornography.

Task Force members investigated after finding Sperduti allegedly trading videos and images of child pornography online. The connection at 10 Goff Ave. was identified as the source.

Police searched Sperduti's apartment and found child pornography on Sperduti's devices, according to a news release.

Sperduti was arraigned before Judge Joseph Ippolito Jr. in the Sixth Division District Court. He was released on $2,500 surety bail and was also issued bail conditions including no contact with children and no Internet access. His next scheduled court date is his pre-arraignment conference on July 8.

At this time, there are no indications of inappropriate conduct between Sperduti and minor children, according to police.

A person found guilty of possession of child pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, prison time of not more than five years, or both. A person found guilty of transfer of child pornography may be subject to a fine of not more than $5,000, not more than 15 years in prison, or both.