PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Island College student was arrested at the campus library Monday afternoon after eyewitnesses said he started yelling that he’d seen someone with a gun.
A woman had called RIC campus police before 4 p.m. saying a man had gotten in her face, yelling about a gun, according to a Providence police report released Tuesday. RIC security officers then contacted Providence Police for assistance.
City officers went to the library and approached Rahim Caldwell, 39, who had started attracting more attention from other students. They tried to calm him down but said he started to become more agitated and vocal. As they tried to lead him out of the building, Caldwell froze, tensing his body, and a crowd began to form around him and the officers.
Caldwell then relaxed and followed instructions from police to exit the building. Officers put him in handcuffs to assure safety to him and observers, then put him into a police cruiser. Eyewitnesses said Caldwell had been the one to start talking – and then openly ranting – about guns, laws and firearms.
Caldwell was charged with disorderly conduct.
This story has been updated to clarify that Rhode Island College campus security officers were contacted first before Providence Police were called to the scene.