If you're going to randomly punch somebody, hit him with a glass bottle and then use that bottle to smash out the guy's car window, you might want to review your memory of events as to whether there were witnesses before you try telling police you were breaking up the fight.
Such was the story Oswald Torres, 20, of 4 Memorial Drive, who originally identified himself as Luis Heredia, told police when they caught up to him at the Holiday Inn across the parking lot from Patriots Diner at 65 Founders Drive Aug. 24 at about 4:49 a.m. The officers were responding to a report of a disturbance, and had recently spoken with Leo Larocque, who was sporting a lacerated eyebrow.
Larocque said he had been in the parking lot near his car when he was approached by two men, one shirtless, another with a white T-shirt, who asked him for a cigarette then began punching him. According to Larocque's friend, the man with the white T-shirt then took a bottle from a nearby pickup, striking Larocque in the eye with it before using it to smash out the drivers side window of his car.
They said the two men left toward the Holiday Inn across the parking lot.
While they were talking with Torres, officers noted he had blood stains on his white shirt, and when they questioned him about the assault, Torres said he had tried to break up the fight, but hadn't been involved.
During this conversation, two things happened: First, a second officer speaking with Larocque's friend radioed to report that the man had an I-phone video of the attack, clearly showing Torres and another man as the aggressors.
The second thing that happened was that the other man in the video, Gabriel Alvarez, 21, of 223 Dulude Ave., walked in to the Holiday Inn, shirtless and with blood on him, saving officers the trouble of tracking him down.
Given Larocque's friend's testimony and video evidence, officers arrested Torres and Alvarez.
Alvarez was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and vandalism.
Torres was charged with felony assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, and obstructing an officer in the course of their duties. After taking Torres to police headquarters, officers noticed he had left three grams of crack cocaine worth $40 in the cruiser he rode in. Torres was also charged with possession of cocaine.
Larocque was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for medical treatment for his eye socket injured in the attack.