Tiverton, Warren men charged with assaulting police officer

Police say men fired 'splat gel gun' at officer in Middletown Sunday

By Ted Hayes
Posted 7/6/22

A Tiverton man faces charges of assaulting a police officer and other felonies, after he allegedly shot a gel-like substance at a Middletown police officer Sunday, July 3.

Jordan Moniz, 29, of 905 …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Tiverton, Warren men charged with assaulting police officer

Police say men fired 'splat gel gun' at officer in Middletown Sunday

Posted

A Tiverton man faces charges of assaulting a police officer and other felonies, after he allegedly shot a gel-like substance at a Middletown police officer Sunday, July 3.

Jordan Moniz, 29, of 905 Stafford Road, Tiverton, was charged Sunday with discharge of a firearm, assault on a police officer, felony assault by the use of a device similar to a firearm, and felony conspiracy. He was one of two men arrested in the assault; the other, Raymond Camacho, 29, of 366 Metacom Ave. in Warren, was charged with driving under the influence, discharge of a firearm, assault on a police officer, felony assault by the use of a device similar to a firearm, and felony conspiracy.

The arrests came after a Middletown police officer on a traffic stop on West Main Road was struck in the face and neck with gel projectiles fired from a "splat gel gun" by a passing car. The incident occurred just before 1:30 a.m.

Police said that after being struck, the officer chased the car and radioed in a description as he attempted to catch up with it. He caught up to the car a short time later and arrested the pair without incident. A splat gel gun was recovered from inside the car.

Moniz was arraigned Sunday, July 3 in Newport County District Court and released after posting $40,000 bail with surety. Camacho was arraigned the same day and held at the ACI as a Rhode Island Superior Court violator.

The officer was treated and released from Newport Hospital.

Police said the shooting is consistent with the social media TikTok "Orbeez Challenge," which police said "encourages people to shoot gel pellets at strangers."

2022 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.