Bristol Police: Woman flees into woods after trying to buy cell phone

Posted 1/17/20

A young woman from New Jersey briefly fled into the woods near a busy commercial intersection after allegedly attempting to buy a new cell phone with a false identity. That was one of dozens of …

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Bristol Police: Woman flees into woods after trying to buy cell phone

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A young woman from New Jersey briefly fled into the woods near a busy commercial intersection after allegedly attempting to buy a new cell phone with a false identity. That was one of dozens of incidents involving Bristol police officers from Jan. 6 to 12

Monday, Jan. 6

A Chilton Street resident reported a past breaking-and-entering.

A Viking Drive resident was warned about letting dogs run loose.

A Thayer Street resident filed a complaint about a tenant but was told it is a civil matter.

Someone called about an unruly teenager on Violet Court at 6:07 p.m.

A Fernwood Road caller reported that she saw something suspicious on her security camera.

An officer was responded to Franklin Street at 11:34 p.m. for a woman screaming and called rescue to the scene.

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Dog owners were warned about letting dogs run free at the town beach and sports complex on Asylum Road at 9:45 a.m.

Another dog owner was advised not to let the canine run free at the town complex on Asylum Road at 3:18 p.m.

At 5:16 p.m., someone called to report that a woman had attempted to purchase a cell phone at the Verizon Wireless Zone store on Metacom Avenue using a false identity. An officer responded and spoke to the complainant. Less than an hour later, an employee from the Verizon store called to say the same woman had just been seen in the Seasons parking lot along Metacom. When officers responded to the scene, the suspect ran into the woods between Walgreens and Stop and Shop. After searching for her, officers were eventually able to find the woman and take her into custody. She was first transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, then brought back to the station, held overnight, given breakfast, then taken to District Court in Providence. Paloma Viloria, 21, of Paterson, N.J., was charged with attempted larceny, impersonation and identity fraud, obstructing an officer, and forgery and counterfeiting.

After responding to Harrison Street for a dog complaint at 7:23 p.m., an officer took one dog into custody.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Officers and firefighters responded to the Bristol Marine facility on Poppasquash Road at 10:57 a.m. for a report of smoke inside one of the buildings. Firefighters investigated and determined it was coming from a wood stove; the fire did not spread to the building itself.

An officer took a report of a dog vs. dog incident on Scott Lane.

An officer was called to Midland Farms on Wood Street for a customer arguing with the store clerk at 4 p.m.

Someone called police from State Street at 6:07 p.m. to report a man getting into a car that does not belong to him. An officer discovered there was no problem; the man had gotten into the wrong vehicle by mistake.

Officers dispersed a vehicle and its occupants from Reliance Drive at 9:58 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

An officer picked up a woman on Chestnut Street at 5:16 a.m. and transported her home.

Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance on Corte Real Drive at 2:45 p.m.

Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance on Oliver Street at 8:19 p.m.

After a traffic stop on Metacom Avenue at 10:14 p.m., Kenneth Mendez, 28, of 69 Court St., Apt. 1, Bristol, was charged with reckless driving and driving without a valid license (third offense).

Friday, Jan. 10

At 2:34 a.m., Robert C. McChesney, 40, of Portsmouth was charged with a warrant from Scituate Police.

An officer dispersed a car and its occupants from the Town Beach area at 6:31 p.m.

A Bay View Avenue resident reported a past assault at 6:45 p.m. A patrolman responded to Newport Hospital to speak to the alleged victim.

Saturday, Jan. 11

A caller from Bristol Food Mart on Wood Street reported finding a possibly counterfeit $20 bill.

At 3:24 p.m., a caller reported a verbal dispute over place in the car wash line at the Blue Wave Car Wash on Gooding Avenue. The driver of a black pickup involved in the incident left the scene before an officer arrived.

After receiving a report of a domestic incident on Wood Street at 7:54 p.m., Bristol Police sent out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a black Honda with Massachusetts plates possibly heading to New Bedford (see below).

Officers dispersed people from the Mt. Hope boat ramp area off Annawamscutt Road at 9:40 p.m. and from Narrows Point at 9:56 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12

A Sowams Drive resident called police to talk about a neighbor dispute.

At 1:50 p.m., the suspect from a domestic incident the day before turned himself in at the station. Manuel Alvarez, 26, of New Bedford, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation, domestic violence, and domestic disorderly conduct. He was arraigned by a justice of the peace and released.

A caller reported loud music on Second Street at 10:33 p.m.

An officer dispersed a man from the area of State and Buttonwood streets at 10:41 p.m.

Officers responded to Wood Street for a report of approximately five males fighting at 11:38 p.m. Most were gone when they arrived, but they interviewed one person at the scene.

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