CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — One of three suspects arrested for their alleged involvement in a chaotic scene in Cranston that left a police officer with injuries faced a judge on Monday.
Kemoni Mitchell, 22, of Providence, was arraigned via videoconference from the ACI on charges connected to the New Year’s Day incident including resisting arrest, reckless driving, and felony possession of crack cocaine.
While prosecutors sought $50,000 bail for Mitchell, the judge decided to set it at $15,000 with surety.
Police say Mitchell was one of around 30 dirt bike and ATV riders who were reportedly seen on Atwood Avenue weaving in and out of traffic and ignoring the rules of the road.
At one point, one rider stopped and laid her bike down in the roadway to block traffic, according to police. Shyanne Boisvert, 23, then allegedly pushed a patrol officer as he approached her before the group started circling the officer.
Members of the bike community say an SUV had run over a dirt bike, which is what caused Boisvert to abruptly stop and get involved.
“This lady hit two bike riders and put one of them on the ground and then aggressively moved through the pack, if you wanna say flee, the scene of a crime,” said Jeremy Sosta, a spokesperson for Bike Life RI.
Cranston police have not confirmed whether there was a collision between the SUV and bikers prior to the chaos.
Police say a helmet was used to bust the rear windshield of the officer’s cruiser, then things reached a boiling point as a motorcyclist, later identified as Eduardo Rivera, 33, allegedly rode over the officer’s legs.
The officer has since been released from the hospital as he continues to recover from his injuries.
Mitchell helped Rivera flee the scene, according to police. They say he crashed his bike into another Cranston cruiser and jumped onto another driven by Mitchell to continue evading police.
The pursuit went from Cranston to Johnston and into Providence where it came to an end in the area of Union Avenue.
After running from police, Mitchell was captured a short time later in a nearby junkyard.
Boisvert and Rivera are due in court in a few weeks.