Dec 07, 2017
Cranston RI Officer Escapes Injury In Stabbing Incident
A NAGE/IBPO Officer adoided serious injury on Monday 12/4/27, thanks to his ballistic vest. Please see the article below for more details.
Man Charged With Stabbing Police Officer
Published in the Providence Journal
Written by: News Staff
December 5, 2017
CRANSTON, R.I. — A 37-year-old man stabbed a Cranston police officer three times Monday, thrusting a knife into the officer’s ballistic vest in a violent effort to resist arrest, authorities said Tuesday.
The man, Anthony Silva, told police afterward that he wished he had slit the officer’s neck, and he repeatedly threatened to arm himself with a gun following his release and then kill the same officer, according to Cranston’s police chief, Col. Michael J. Winquist.
Silva, of 97 Caporal St., was arrested after an officer applied “a high-degree of physical force” to get handcuffs on him.
Police received a call about 4:17 p.m. Monday and arrived at Silva’s home soon afterward to find that he had gone inside and threatened to assault his former girlfriend, Winquist said.
Silva fled the scene and a short time later he returned and took a fighting stance, Winquist said.
During the struggle, Silva pulled out a knife, stabbed the officer and continued to resist arrest after the officer pointed his gun at him. Another officer dislodged the knife, he said.
The officer who was stabbed suffered “superficial” injuries due to his protective vest, Winquist said. Silva was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial injuries.
He was held overnight and arraigned in District Court, Warwick, Tuesday morning. He is charged with assault with intent to commit a specific felony; assault of police officers and other officials; resisting legal or illegal arrest; threats to public officials; domestic vandalism/malicious injury to property; and domestic disorderly conduct.
Bail was set at $50,000 with surety and the judge imposed a no-contact order.
Winquist commended the officers “for their great restraint in using lethal force, which in my opinion in this situation would have been justified.”
Police also arrested Silva’s mother, Brenda Silva, 57, of the same address, on charges of disorderly conduct, obstruction of an officer in execution of duty, and two counts of simple assault. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.