WARWICK, RI — A Warwick man faces a felony assault charge in Third District Court Feb. 13 for a Hoxie stabbing Nov. 14 after a fight with a man walking his dogs.
According to Warwick Police records, a Hoxie Avenue man was walking his dogs, described as friendly, a hound/pitbull mix and shepherd/pitbull mix, on Hoxie Avenue, according to the victim’s account. When the man and his dogs approached another man near the intersection of Estelle Boulevard, the dogs became excited and he lost his grip on the leash for the hound/pitbull mix dog. The dog ran, tail wagging, “in a friendly manner,” according to the owner’s account, toward the pedestrian, a man in his 30s, wearing black and a backpack, carrying two shopping bags, according to the report of Officer Michael Roccio.
The man began jumping up and down like a boxer, attempting to kick the dog, the owner said, and he ran to retrieve his dog. As the owner tried to get hold of his dog again, the other man hit him twice in the arm, which he assumed were punches, only later realizing the other man had something white in his hand at the time, Roccio reported.
The dog owner punched the other man in the face and pushed him to the ground, then leaned over him, grabbed his shirt and told him, “You’re lucky I don’t kick your a**,” according to the report.
The dog owner walked back to his house, and retrieved his dogs from a neighbor’s yard, where they had retreated. As he crossed his front yard, the man attacked him from behind, striking him in the back. The attacker retreated when the dog owner turned and threatened to punch him again. He told police he didn’t realize he had been stabbed until he secured his dogs and realized he was bleeding from his arm where the man had first struck him.
Warwick Fire Rescue was called to the scene and treated the dog owner for his wounds, which included three stab wounds: A deep laceration to his left arm, just below his shoulder; a smaller laceration below that near his elbow; and a small laceration to his right shoulder. He had also suffered several minor abrasions on his back, according to Roccio’s report.
A neighbor witnessed the fight, saying that he had seen one of the men run away north on Fairfield Court, noting he felt confident he could identify the man again, according to the report.
On Nov. 17, Officer Keara Enos and Det. Patrick McGaffigan met with the victim to show him photos of possible suspects, from which the victim identified the man who had stabbed him.
Subesquently, Angelo Isom, 42, of 145 Hoxie Ave., Warwick, RI. Isom was arrested and charged with Felony Assault and/or Battery Nov. 22. He was released on $2,500 with a no-contact order for the victim, and a date to answer the charge in Third District Court Feb. 13.
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