NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The North Providence man who barricaded himself inside his home for 17 hours earlier this week is now facing charges connected to a previous arrest.
Gino Rotondo, 56, was released into police custody after undergoing a psychological evaluation, according to North Providence Police Chief Alfredo Ruggiero.
Rotondo, according the chief, is being charged on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for a suspended license and being held at the ACI as a bail violator for a possession of cocaine charge earlier this year.
Officers rushed to Rotondo’s Stephanie Drive home Wednesday afternoon after receiving a 911 call from someone reporting a gunshot being fired.
Police arrived to find Rotondo heading inside the home carrying an AR-15-style rifle. This prompted the department to evacuate homes in the immediate area and issue a shelter-in-place order for others nearby.
Rotondo spent the next 17 hours holed up inside his home with his 54-year-old wife, who stayed by his side voluntarily to support him throughout the ordeal.
Police communicated with Rotondo intermittently and at one point brought him three hot wieners and a pizza at his request.
Rotondo initially told officers he would surrender after he ate Wednesday night. When he didn’t come out, police cut off his electricity, internet and cell service.
Rotondo and his wife surrendered peacefully around 8 a.m. Thursday.
Investigators have searched Rotondo’s home, according to Ruggiero, but the chief didn’t provide any details as to what was found.
Ruggiero said Rotondo will be charged in connection with the standoff, however, those charges have not yet been filed.
Court records show Rotondo has a lengthy criminal history, having been arrested more than 30 times since 1988 on a variety of charges.