Suspects face judge in wake of Providence riots


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two by two, a parade of people appeared before a judge in Providence District Court on Tuesday, hours after they were arrested during a night of violence and destruction in the city.

Stores were damaged and looted, police cruisers were vandalized — including one that was set ablaze — and bricks and other objects were thrown at officers, according to police. As many as 100 people got inside the Providence Place mall, which had just reopened on Monday.

Providence police said they made 65 arrests, of which 35 were Providence residents, 25 were from surrounding cities and towns, and five came from Massachusetts. They ranged in age from 15 to 43 years old, with seven being juveniles. (See the full list of defendants below.)

Two guns were recovered by police during the rioting and looting, R.I. State Police Col. James Manni said.

Magistrate Judge Patrick O’Neill put it mildly when he called it a “very bad night.” He released most of the defendants on surety bail after they were arraigned on charges that included breaking and entering, receiving stolen goods, and resisting arrest.

“It wasn’t even worth it ’cause then I got charged,” D’Siah Gonsalves said Tuesday.

Gonsalves, 20, of North Providence, pleaded no contest to shoplifting. The judge said the charge will vanish after a year if he stays out of trouble.

“I didn’t even take nothing, to be honest,” Gonsalves added. “I was walking, some kid gave me shoes. I was walking with the shoes. It was a mistake. When I got pulled over, they were like, ‘what are you doing with the shoes?’ so I told him, and put me in handcuffs.”

“I sat in a cell for almost 12 hours, just sitting there doing nothing,” he added. “I regret that.”

Most of the defendants are scheduled to return to court in September.

Here’s the list of people arrested by Providence police:

Jacob A. Almeida, 21, of East Providence
Justin Arbour, 24, of Coventry
Wilfredo O. Baez, 21, of Dorchester, Mass.
Angel Bermudez, 27, of Providence
Maximo Berroa, 25, of Providence
Leilana Brown, 19, of Cranston
Juan Carlos Cabera, 21, of Providence
Julio Colon, 18, of Providence
Javari Coulbourn, 18, of Johnston
Wilson Cruz, 23, of Providence
Danzzel Dale, 24, of Providence
Kalvin Davis, 32, of Boston
Martin Diaz, 20, of East Providence
Eric S. Doeur, 19, of Lincoln
Christopher Duarte, 23, of Providence
Marley J. Espinal, 19, of Providence
Santiago E. Ezekiel, 20, of Providence
Carlos M. Fermin, 51, of Providence
William Ferro, 18, of East Providence
Anthony J. Gaul, 38, of Cranston
Carlos Augusto Gomez, 21, of Providence
D’Siah Gonsalves, 20, of North Providence
Ashton I. Graham, 27, of Providence
Christopher Hunt, 22, of Warwick
Brandon Johnson, 35, of Lynn, Mass.
David Johnson, 18, of Providence
Darryl K. Jordan Jr., 43, of East Providence
Abdullah Kaba, 23, of Cumberland
Bruno Lopes, 24, of New Bedford
Aris Y. Luna, 19, of Providence
Matthew Maher, 29, of Providence
Joshua Martinson, 20, of Warwick
Erickson Nunez Rodriguez, 19, of Providence
Axel D. Ortega, 19, of Providence
Brandon Pagon, 22, of Providence
Adrian A. Paredes, 18, of Providence
Henry Paredes, 19, of Providence
Edmundo Peixe, 20, of Pawtucket
Caleb M. Ricco, 19, of Hope
Adrian Robbins, 18, of Providence
Yogelsy Rosario-Baez, 18, of Providence
Rashard Ross Brown, 19, of Providence
Walter Ruiz, 33, of Providence
Deavante Rutledge, 18
Paul Salas, 27, of Providence
Sebastian Sanchez, 20, of Central Falls
Malcolm A. Sostre, 27, of Pawtucket
Koby S. Stamper, 19, of East Greenwich
Devon J. Sweet, 20, of Cranston
Noah P. Torres, 22, of Providence
Michael Tuberquia, 24, of Providence
Xafier Velez
Joel G. Vidal, 22, of Cranston
Reginald Wright, 19, of Providence

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