WARWICK, RI — A Warwick officer identified a homeless man with four outstanding warrants for failing to appear in Third District Court outside the West Natick Road Cumberland Farms, arresting him.
Officer Nathaniel Gray was patrolling the area when the man, standing on the side of the building, charging his phone, caught his attention, according to the officer’s report. Gray spoke with the man, identifying him as Steven Shirley, 37, of 49 Cowesett Ave., West Warwick.
Gray spoke with the man, who said he was waiting for a bus, and that he was homeless. Shirley began to walk toward his bicycle nearby, and Gray did a background check on him via radio, learning that the man had four outstanding warrants for failing to appear in Third District Court. He advised dispatch he was about to confront Shirley and caught up to him, advising him of the warrants.
Shirley said he knew about the warrants, and asked to “be on his way,” yelling at Gray, who called for assistance. Gray and Shirley continued talking, and the man calmed. Gray advised dispatch the situation had settled.
Gray arrested Shirley without further incident and transported him in his cruiser to Warwick Police Headquarters, 99 Veterans Memorial Drive. On the way, Shirley began striking his head against the security divider between the cruiser’s rear and front seats. Gray asked him to stop, and he did, according to the officer’s report.
A second officer took Shirley’s bicycle in his cruiser to headquarters.
When Gray and Shirley arrived at headquarters, Shirley started striking his head against the divider again, and stopped again when Gray asked him to stop.
Shirley was processed and transported to the ACI.
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