Contact: Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Winquist
Deputy Superintendent/Chief Field Operations Officer
Telephone: (401) 444-1002
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety announces the arrest of three individuals that occurred at 1:00 a.m. this morning. These arrests stem from an investigation of a hit and run motor vehicle accident where the operator fled the scene after striking an attended vehicle and was later stopped by two uniformed Troopers in the McDonald's parking lot located at the intersection of North Main Street and Doyle Avenue in the City of Providence. As the Troopers were approaching the suspect vehicle on foot, the operator attempted to exit the parking lot and drove directly at both Troopers. Fearing for his safety and the safety of his fellow Trooper, one Trooper fired one round into the vehicle attempting to mitigate the threat. The round entered the front windshield and did not strike any of the occupants. The vehicle then came to rest at which time the operator was placed into custody after a brief struggle with Troopers. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Ramel Mitchell, age 22, of 33 Doyle Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island.
One of the Troopers received a small laceration on his hand as a result of attempting to place Mr. Mitchell in custody. He was treated at Miriam Hospital and released. Mr. Mitchell suffered a small abrasion on his shoulder. He was treated at Rhode Island Hospital and returned to State Police Headquarters where he was held overnight.
One of the occupants of the vehicle was taken into custody on an outstanding Third District Court warrant for failure to appear for an arraignment on a charge of Shoplifting and is identified as Shaqua Brown, age 20, of 94 Rosedale Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Another occupant of the vehicle was arrested after being found to be in possession of "crack" cocaine and is identified as Paresha Evans, age 22, of 33 Doyle Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island. The fourth occupant was not charged and was later released.
In accordance to the Attorney General's protocol regarding incidents where lethal force is used by a member of law enforcement, a joint investigation is underway by the Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police and Rhode Island Department of Attorney General's Office.
Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Evans will be arraigned this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the Sixth District Court, Providence, Rhode Island. Mr. Mitchell will be charged with the following:
- 1. Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)
- 2. Resisting Arrest
- 3. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (blood results pending)
- 4. Duty to Stop-Accident Resulting in Damage to an Attended Vehicle
- 5. Operating a Motor Vehicle on a Suspended License
Members of the media are respectfully requested to refrain from contacting State Police Headquarters until after the arraignment. Media inquiries can be directed to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist after the arraignments.