Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety, announces the arrest of a suspect in connection with two separate road rage incidents involving shots fired at cars on local highways in 2017.
Anthony Jackson, age 24, of 17 Jewell St., Providence, was arrested at his home at approximately 2 p.m. today by members of the Rhode Island State Police Major Crimes Unit. He is charged with:
• Felony Assault (two counts)
• Assault with Intent to Commit Specified Felonies (two counts)
• Drive-By Shootings (two counts)
• Discharge of a Firearm from a Motor Vehicle (two counts)
• License Required for Carrying a Pistol (two counts)
Mr. Jackson was processed at Rhode Island State Police Headquarters and held overnight, pending arraignment in Sixth Division District Court tomorrow (July 11).
The arrest resulted from an investigation by detectives in the State Police Major Crimes Unit into two separate road rage incidents involving shots being fired at cars:
• The first incident was reported on July 25, 2017, at approximately 12:40 p.m., when the operator of a red sport utility vehicle allegedly fired several shots at another car while both vehicles were travelling north on Route 146, near Interstate 295.
• The second incident was reported on October 28, 2017, at approximately 11:45 p.m., when the operator of a red sport utility vehicle allegedly fired several shots at another car on the Route 6 East onramp from Plainfield Street in Providence.
In both cases, the victims' cars were struck by multiple bullets. No one was injured. The investigation found that the bullets in both shootings were fired by the same weapon – which was recovered as part of an unrelated investigation earlier this year.
As a result of their investigation, detectives found evidence allegedly linking Mr. Jackson to both the weapon and the highway shootings and obtained a warrant for his arrest. Detectives, assisted by troopers from the State Police Lincoln and Scituate Barracks, as well as the Tactical Unit, arrested Mr. Jackson without incident at his home earlier today.