PAWTUCKET — A city man is facing three counts of assault of police officers after he allegedly resisted arrest and tried to fight off officers following an alleged domestic assault on Tuesday, Pawtucket Police said.
According to the narrative from Patrol Officer Julianne Borsari, three officers – Borsari, Evan Della Torre and Geoffrey D. Metfooney – responded to an apartment at 121 Webster St. for a possible overdose around 5 p.m. Tuesday. At the scene, officers observed rescue personnel from Pawtucket treating a woman for injuries to her head and neck. The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend and the father of her three children – identified as 22-year-old Niran Morales of 121 Webster St., Apt. 2 in Pawtucket – drank a large quantity of brandy and consumed 10 Xanax pills.
She said she was concerned for Morales’ well-being and called a rescue, but once the call ended, Morales allegedly became enraged and attacked her, punching her several times in the face and head, also causing an injury to her neck which bruised and bled. The woman was transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for her injuries, police said.
Borsari, in her report, said she was familiar with Morales from prior police contacts, describing him as a “known violent, domestic abuser” who had an active no-contact order on file.
While the three officers were standing by at the apartment, Morales allegedly swore at members of the Pawtucket Fire Department as they were attempting to assess his condition. When Borsari approached Morales to tell him he was under arrest, Morales responded “F*** you, no I’m not” and clasped his hands together to resist arrest, police said.
Morales continued to refuse police orders and resist arrest, police said. According to Metfooney’s narrative, while Morales refused to release his hands from under his body, he jerked his body up and came down on top of Metfooney’s right arm and hand, causing a cut to Metfooney’s right pinky finger, police said. Metfooney was treated by Pawtucket Rescue personnel for the cut to his finger.
Once on the ground, Morales was rolled to a seated position so he could be assisted to his feet, but he allegedly kicked at Borsari, striking her legs. As a result, Borsari delivered two bursts of pepper spray and the officers attempted to carry Morales outside to a rescue, police said.
While moving from the apartment’s bedroom into the kitchen, Morales allegedly wrapped his legs around Borsari’s leg, causing her to be unable to walk. She struck him three to four times and he released his hold, police said. Morales was eventually placed on a stretcher and loaded into a rescue, then transported to Roger Williams Hospital. Once in the hospital, Morales continued to yell and scream and had to be placed in restraints, which he attempted to chew out of, according to Della Torre’s narrative.
Morales was charged with felony counts of violation of no-contact order subsequent offense and domestic simple assault third offense. He was additionally charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and three counts of assault of police officers, according to police records.
Morales was arraigned in Sixth District Court on Wednesday. He’s due back in court on Feb. 27 for a control date and May 22 for a pre-arraignment conference, according to the judiciary website.
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