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WPD: Two Tarbox Big Lot Employees Arrested For Office Fight

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – Warwick Police were called to Tarbox Big Lot used auto dealership at 870 Quaker Lane March 16 at 4:33 p.m. for a report of a fight in progress between two employees, each of whom were ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, one of them with assault.

When Officer Quentin Tavares arrived at the business, he met with an employee, Marvin Wells, 52, who said while trying to break up a fight between two co-workers, Michael Doyle, 44, of 18 Obeline Dr., N. Smithfield, and Shawfish Mahmoud, 49, of 20 Amy Lane N. Attleboro, MA, the former had head-butted him, according to the officer’s report.

Wells said he noticed Doyle and Mahmoud fighting and while trying to separate the two, Doyle head-butted him in the forehead, cutting his head. Wells said Doyle then told him, “That’s what you deserve, b***h.”

A second employee restrained Mahmoud and pulled him from the room, according to the officer’s report.

Tavares spoke with Mahmoud and Doyle. Mahmoud said Doyle had taken a financial packet from his office and when he spoke to him about it, Doyle became enraged, hitting and grabbing him, according to the report.

Doyle said he was followed into his office by Shawfish over the packet. Shawfish verbally  berated him regarding his religion, Doyle said, and his co-worker also used religious slurs and threw hot coffee at him.

As he moved out of the way of the coffee, Mahmoud  punched him in the face and right eye, Doyle said, according to the report. As this was happening, he said, a co-worker grabbed him while Mahmoud continued to attack him.

According to witnesses, both men continued to attack the other as co-workers pulled them away from one another.

Warwick Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene and bandaged Wells’ head cut, for which he was advised to get stitches.

Doyle and Mahmoud were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Doyle was charged with simple assault. Both men were transported to Warwick Police Headquarters, where they were released with summons to answer the charges on March 30 in Third District Court.





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