EP man, ACI guard arrested during domestic dispute

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EAST PROVIDENCE — An East Providence Police Department representative refused to expand further on a previous media report about the arrest of a city resident and Adult Correctional Institute guard following an alleged domestic disturbance incident over the holiday weekend.

ABC6.com first reported the story about Kenneth Barros, 49, being arrested at home Sunday night, July 6, after he allegedly threatened "to kill his girlfriend, first responders and another officer at the ACI."  Mr. Barros was taken into custody by East Providence Police officers at the scene, stripped of his weapons and was later placed on paid administrative leave by the Department of Corrections.

Reached for further comment on the matter, EPPD Lieutenant Raymond Blinn declined to address the case beyond what he told ABC6 reporters Monday.

"There was violent tumultuous behavior that occurred at that residence and the officer chose to make an arrest at that point," Lt. Blinn told the station, adding "Anytime you have a situation with a weapon and domestic violence it's always a cause for concern."

East Providence Police Sunday night received a 911 call from Mr. Barros' live-in girlfriend. Mr. Barros, a 27-year employee at the ACI, is alleged to have threatened to "bash" his girlfriend's teeth in and "blow her brains out," according to a police report filed by the victim.

Mr. Barros was charged with domestic disorderly conduct and appeared in Providence District Court for arraignment. For his part, Mr. Barros denied making any of the threats to his girlfriend, public safety or law enforcement personnel when interviewed by the station following his arraignment Monday, July 7. Mr. Barros, who has no prior criminal record, was issued a no-contact order and is expected to return to court later in July.

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