Police Log: Man Charged For Hit And Run With Car He Stole From Mom

The following arrest information was provided by the Woonsocket Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.


On Feb. 11, at about 7:27 p.m., Woonsocket Police responded to 110 Beacon Ave. looking for Mitchell Cortez, 19, who was wanted on a District and Superior Court warrant speaking with his mother, Carmen Diallo, who provided them with the keys to the home.

Inside, three officers found Cortez in the kitchen, in boxers and a white T-shirt, according to Officer Scott Breguet's report. He may not have been aware of how they gained entry to the building, since his first words were, "Where's the f****** warrant?" according to officer Linen Karsner's report. 

Given the number of potential weapons in the kitchen and his history of fighting with police, officers took him to the floor, ordering him to put his hands behind his back. Cortez chose to struggle instead, trying to knock one officer off his feet by grabbing his leg. The ploy worked but proved a Pyrrhic victory for Cortez, since that officer fell to one knee, which landed on Cotez's back. Cortez was eventually subdued and transported to the Woonsocket Police Department without further incident.

While he was at the station, an officer asked him about a hit and run case with a stolen vehicle Feb. 10. He refused to speak about the case without a lawyer present. While being processed, though, he said, "You think I stole my mother's car? I bought her that!"

Despite his protest, Cortez was indeed charged with failing to stop after an accident, and stealing his mother's car, a felony. He was also charged with resisting arrest and simple assault.


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