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Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs Arrest Thirteen Individuals During a Family Court Warrant Sweep

July 2, 2014

Contact: Major Todd Catlow Detective Commander Rhode Island State Police Headquarters (401) 444-1005

Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, announces that on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, members of the State Police Detective and Uniform Bureaus, in coordination with the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs arrested thirteen (13) individuals as a result of a coordinated early morning warrant sweep throughout the state.

The sweep resulted in the arrest of twelve (12) individuals due to body attachments issued by the Rhode Island Family Court for failing to appear for court proceedings and failure to pay child support. The individuals arrested collectively owe $232,397.71 in child support payments, and the highest amount any individual arrested owed was $89,847.21.

In addition to the individuals arrested for the Family Court body attachments, one (1) person was arrested for a warrant issued by the Sixth Division District Court.

All of the subjects arrested were processed at State Police Headquarters and transported by the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs to the Garrahy Judicial Complex. The individuals will be arraigned in courtroom 5C of the Providence County Family Court or in courtroom 4C in the Sixth Division District Court at 2:00 PM. Below is a list of the individuals arrested by the Rhode Island State Police and cooperating agencies:

Edwin Vargas, age 37, of Cranston
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $30,547.77

Sonner Tapia, age 23, of Providence
Warrant: District Court Bench Warrant
Child Support Owed: N/A

Jason Spivey, age 31, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $3,339.82

Jovanny Amaro, age 23, of Providence
Warrants: Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrants; Superior Court Bench Warrant
Child Support Owed: $5,031.03

John Lucas, age 28, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $40,783.22

Carlton Barboza, age 26, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $10,235.89

Jason Richard, age 27, of Providence
Warrants: Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant
Child Support Owed: $13,339.03

Gerardo Roman, age 44, of Providence
Warrants: Reciprocal Body Attachment; District Court Bench Warrant
Child Support Owed: $89,847.21

Richard Lora, age 37, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $4,768.46

Valentin Gallard, age 30, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $15,960.13

Joseph Robinson, age 45, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $3,276.21

Vincent Avella, age 33, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $8,468.22

Luis Martinez, age 35, of Providence
Warrant: Reciprocal Body Attachment
Child Support Owed: $6,800.72

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 07-02-2014

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