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PAWTUCKETâ€”Two men were arrested by the Pawtucket Police Special Response Team following an almost five-hour standoff on Grotto Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 3:15 p.m., police were called to a second floor apartment at 24 Grotto Ave. for a reported disturbance. Additional information that was received indicated to police that one or more suspects may be armed with some type of gun. Initial reports suggested that the incident was a domestic violence situation, but this was later proven to be false, he said.
Officers attempted to contact the individuals in the second floor apartment but no one answered the door, despite the fact that the officers could hear voices and movement inside. The officers then backed away from the house and surrounded it for safety purposes. Specialized personnel from the Special Response Team were then called to the scene to take over the investigation.
Martins said that from information gathered at the scene, police learned there were five to six people in the apartment, including a woman and her two children. After about an hour, the woman, her two children and a man exited the apartment. They told police there were two males still left inside the apartment. It was this couple that had been reportedly involved in a domestic situation, which turned out to be untrue, Martins said.
At approximately 8 p.m., members of the Special Response Team entered the apartment with some chemical gas spray and took the two men into custody. They were identified as Alexander Arcila, 21, of Branch Avenue, Providence, and Nicholas A. Zuniga, 26, of Clay Street, Central Falls.
No weapons were found inside the apartment, and Martins said it is not known why the men had refused to leave the residence.
Both suspects were held overnight at the Pawtucket Police Department and were arraigned in District Court on Thursday.
Arcila was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, and he also had a Superior Court warrant. Zuniga was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest.