Police Log: Woman Tells Officer Responding For Assault Call, 'Ya, I Swung On Her'

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


Officers responding to an assault call were saved a little police work Feb. 23 when Shanira Vliafane, 18, exited apartment 1 at 337 Third Ave. while they were interviewing the victim and said, "Ya, I swung on her, I started it."

Vilafane followed this revelation by turning and placing her hands behind her for police to handcuff, according to Officer Michael Flood's report. Flood obliged and Vilafane was transported to Woonsocket Police Headquarters on Clinton Street. 

When police first arrived at the address, they met Crystal Leclair outside, who told them Vilafane had gotten into an argument with her brother, also Vilafane's boyfriend, the previous night and was transported to Landmark Medical Center for an evaluation for suicidal feelings. When she returned, Leclair said she let Vilafane stay the night because she had nowhere else to go, according to the report.

In the morning, Leclair asked Vilafane to leave because she was causing problems, and she refused, instead starting an argument, then began to punch Leclair in the face. Leclair defended herself then ran outside and called police, she told Flood.

Both women had red marks on their faces from the fight. Vilafane was charged with simple assault.


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