The Police Log is a digest of reports filed by the Johnston Police
A Johnston man was arrested for violating a no contact order within minutes of being released from being arraigned at police headquarters for making threats to his grandmother. Police said the woman called them around 1:20 p.m. on May 25 and told them she was in fear for her life after she spoke with her grandson about $100 he owed her. Police said she told them he told her she was a “crazy whore” and she was not going to get her money. They also reported that she told them her grandson claimed to have guns at his residence and would shoot anyone who came to his house, including the police. Patrolman Jeffrey Fryer reported he went to the man’s residence but did not find him. He said they found eight prior arrests for the subject and then had an arrest warrant issued. Police reported that Joseph L. Caprio, 26, of 210 Simmonsville Ave. turned himself in around 6:10 p.m. that day and was arraigned on domestic disorderly and crank call charges and released on $1,000 personal recognizance with a no contact order regarding his grandmother. Patrolman Joseph McGinn reported he was back at the woman’s apartment around 11:35 p.m. to hear her complaint about her grandson calling her around 8:45 p.m. with more threats, saying that he threatened to “break her legs” and that she should not go out and to “watch her back.” McGinn said the woman’s phone indicated the call came from the telephone of Caprio’s girlfriend. McGinn said he went to Caprio’s residence where Caprio denied making the phone call and called his grandmother “crazy” and that she was making up stories about him. McGinn said he asked to see the girlfriend’s phone and saw that it was used to call the older woman. He said the girlfriend claimed that she called the woman while she was waiting at headquarters for her boyfriend to be released but police records indicated the call was made at 8:47 p.m., after Caprio was released at 8:40 p.m. and was no longer in police custody. Caprio was arrested and taken back to headquarters where he was arraigned before a justice of the peace. Assistant Attorney General Terrance Coin charged Caprio with violating a no contact order and then remanded him to the ACI as a bail violator.
A Johnston man was charged with violating a no contact order on May 26 after his ex-wife told police he used her son’s phone to call her because he was “extremely upset” that her current boyfriend was in the car when she dropped off her son for a custodial visit that day. She said he also asked to speak with her boyfriend and he yelled at him as well. Michael J. Pilkington, 46, of 70 Leading St. was arrested and later released after being charged with violating a no contact order. Patrolman Derrick Palazzo reported that the woman’s boyfriend said he felt threatened by Pilkington and intended to get a no contact order for himself. Pilkington was later released on $3,000 personal recognizance.
Patrolman Adam Catamero reported the theft of over $5,000 worth of lawn care equipment missing from three trailers belonging to the JTL Landscaping Company on Railroad Avenue on May 29. An employee there told Catamero he arrived to work at 7:10 a.m. and found the damaged trailers and noticed that four weed wackers, five leaf blowers, one hedge trimmer and one chainsaw were missing. The employee said there was video surveillance of the grounds and that they would bring it to headquarters as soon as it was retrieved, along with the serial numbers for the missing tools. No suspects or witnesses.
CAN RUN BUT CAN’T HIDE
Patrolman Michael Edwards reported he was on patrol when dispatch advised him that there was an off-duty Providence Police officer following a suspected stolen car into Johnston around 7:35 p.m. on May 26. Providence Police advised that they last saw the vehicle near 1377 Atwood Ave. Edwards said he saw the black Volvo on Greenville Avenue and began to follow it as he activated his lights and siren and the car sped up to 50 to 60 miles per hour east on Greenville, passing a number of cars on the left, over the double yellow lines, before it slowed down in traffic but continued to run stop signs and red lights as another Johnston cruiser joined the chase south on Killingly Street. He said the two Johnston cruisers continued their pursuit because there was only one Providence cruiser on the scene as it led through the Silver Lake section of Providence, onto Laurel Hill Avenue and onto Cranston Street where Cranston officers took up the chase as Edwards and the other Johnston squad car left off.