On Aug. 18 at about 10:22 p.m., Woonsocket Police Officers were called to 171 Rathbun St. for a report of a domestic disturbance, learning that Derek A. Walls, 26, of apt. 2B, had smashed the window of his ex-girlfriend's car, seized their baby son through it, and retreated into his apartment.
When officers David Bibeault and Gregory Klocek arrived, they found the girlfriend in the car with the doors locked, crying and upset, but unharmed. They entered the building to speak with Walls, who was shirtless and had several lacerations on his arms. The child, a three-year-old, appeared unharmed, but was also apparently unharmed, according to Bibeault's report.
After speaking with both parties, Bibeault reported the officers determined the couple had been arguing over their relationship and custody of the child. The woman left, she said, according to Bibeault's report, and Walls followed her outside, taking her purse as he roughly threw their child into the car. When the woman called police, Walls smashed in the rear passenger side window with his fist wrapped in his shirt, took the child through the window and went back into the apartment.
The woman said the purse had contained about $100, which was missing when she recovered it.
Walls was transported by rescue to Landmark Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, then sent to Woonsocket Police Headquarters on Clinton Street, where he was charged with cruelty/neglect of a child, larceny of under $500, domestic vandalism and domestic disorderly conduct. During processing, officers discovered $91.00 in rolled bills separate from Wall's wallet, which was seized as evidence.