Friends will tell you they have your back, but one woman on Cumberland Street knows it's the truth with three of her friends.
On Oct. 2, at about 7:30 p.m., Woonsocket Police patrolman Thomas Duncan responded to an apartment house on Cumberland Street for a report of a domestic assault.
Once there, he spoke with Tamonda Barr, who said she picked up her cousin at the market and dropped her off at home in the building earlier that day. Moments later, she said, she received a call from her cousin's boyfriend, Jamil Skinner 22, of 200 Gordon Ave., Apt. 24 , who was upset about the trip to the market and yelling. She said she could hear her cousin crying in the background.
Tamonda said she could tell something was wrong, so she returned to her cousin's apartment to make sure she was OK. When she arrived, Skinner told her to leave and tried to punch her in the face, which she dodged. Skinner went inside the apartment, then pushed a carriage 20 feet down the apartment's hall, with a baby inside.
Tamonda said at this point, she entered the apartment with two friends, Aleeah Northup and Nariah Lopez, to take her cousin's children out. While they were gathing the children, Tamonda said, she saw Skinner choking her cousin while pulling her hair. She and her friends pulled Skinner away from her cousin, and left with her and the children.
Duncan also spoke with Louise Depot who lives in a nearby apartment. Depot said she saw Skinner choking his girlfriend and pulling her hair. The woman was unable to defend herself, Depot said, because she had two children in her arms. She said she saw the three women intervene and pull Skinner off of the woman.
Duncan also got a statement to the same effect from the girlfriend.
Skinner was located at the building and arrested. He was charged with Domestic Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct and Simple Assault and Battery.