Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces that on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM, the Woonsocket Police Department put out a broadcast over the Police Intercity radio for a gold-colored Nissan bearing Rhode Island registration 590-475 that was wanted for an armed home invasion which just occurred in the City of Woonsocket.
North Smithfield Police Department advised that they were in pursuit of the vehicle on Route 146 South. Members of the Rhode Island State Police then engaged in the pursuit as the fleeing vehicle entered onto Route 295 South in the Town of Lincoln. The vehicle exited Route 295 and continued traveling south onto Route 7. As the pursuit entered into the Town of North Providence, the suspect vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Dome Street and Malbone Street in the City of Providence, the suspect vehicle was disabled due to losing the left front tire. The suspect then abandoned the vehicle before carjacking a silver-colored Volkswagen station wagon on Oakland Avenue. As the suspect was in the process of carjacking the Volkswagen, the suspect fired a round from a pistol and shot a victim in his foot. After confirming the registration of the vehicle that was carjacked as Rhode Island registration 415-786, described as a silver Volkswagen station wagon, a broadcast was sent out to all surrounding jurisdictions.
At approximately 1:35 PM, Johnston Police Department contacted State Police Headquarters via the Police Intercity radio stating they were attempting to stop Rhode Island registration 415-786 displayed on a 2003 Volkswagen Passat station wagon, traveling on Route 295 North in the Town of Smithfield. The vehicle was wanted by the Providence Police Department for an armed carjacking in the City of Providence.
Troopers then pursued the vehicle through multiple jurisdictions where it ultimately ended at the intersection of Route 116 and Mendon Road in the Town of Cumberland, as the suspect vehicle struck a guardrail and a white-colored utility van which was traveling north on Mendon Road.
As the result of this crash, the suspect, identified as Michael Ebiwa, Age 26, of 104 Sayles Street, Woonsocket, RI was removed from the vehicle, placed into custody and transported to the Lincoln Woods Barracks. Upon the arrival of the Rhode Island Criminal Identification Unit, the vehicle was processed. A search of the vehicle revealed a black backpack which contained: one (1) High Point C9 9 mm Luger hand gun; zip ties; duct tape; three (3) cell phones; and approximately $1,400.00 in United States currency.
The subject will be arraigned in Sixth District Court and will be charged with (1) Carrying a Pistol Without a License/Permit, (2) Alter of Marks of Identification on a Firearm, (3) Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, (4) Eluding a Police Officer, (5) Duty to Stop at an Accident - Damage to Attended Vehicle, and (6) Operating on a Suspended License. He will also be presented as a bail violator in Superior Court on previous charges of (1) Felony Eluding a Police Officer and (2) Operating on a Suspended License.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Winquist, Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Field Operations, (401) 444-1002