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Local man arrested for assaulting elder

February 13, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man was arrested for two separate incidents last week involving in which he first assaulted an elderly man, and later that evening engaged in an argument with his roommate, which ended in gun shots being fired. Biagio J. Broccoli, 35, of 6101 Post Road, North Kingstown, was first arrested on the morning of Feb. 2 after he allegedly struck an elderly man in the parking lot of CVS on Post Road.

According to the report, officers responded to the parking lot at approximately 8:30 a.m. to a report of a disoriented man on the site. A store employee reported that Broccoli entered the store with a child in his arms and, after having ‘wandered around the store in a sporadic manner,’ he left.

Afterwards, bystanders informed the employee that Broccoli had allegedly set the child on the ground and ‘proceeded to strike’ the elderly man, and may have stolen money from the victim.

Upon further investigation of the matter, Broccoli was positively identified as the assaulter by the victim.

An arrest warrant was ultimately signed for Broccoli’s arrest, and on Feb. 7 he was apprehended, processed and released on $3,000 bail with surety after arraignment by a justice of the peace.

Broccoli’s weekend brush with the authorities did not end there, however, as on Feb. 3 officers arrived at his residence in response to an argument between Broccoli and his roommate which ended in gunshots being fired.

Broccoli first told police that he had a laceration on his pinky finger after going to leave the residence during the argument and slamming his finger in the car door. He later said that the gun belonged to his roommate, Edmund Richardson, 42, and that he was hiding it behind a shed at the residence. The 35-year-old then told officers he hid it there himself after hearing Richardson discharging the handgun in their home. Police officers seized two handguns from the location and have since determined that one is stolen, and could pursue additional charges.

Broccoli is scheduled to appear in Third District Court on March 25 for a control hearing. Broccoli has a long list of offenses dating back to 1998, with multiple convictions for misdemeanor and felony domestic assault, as well as felony assault with a weapon and of a police officer.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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