On Oct. 11 at about 11:31 p.m., a man entered the Woonsocket Police Station at 242 Clinton St. with fresh blood and along the right side of his neck, reporting his girlfriend had assaulted him as she tried to block stop him from leaving their apartment.
Woonsocket Police Officer Joseph Brazil spoke to the man, according to his report. The man said Ariel Powers, 23, of 379 East School St., Apt. 3L, his girlfriend, had come home intoxicated and began an argument with him. To avoid the argument, the man attempted to leave but Powers blocked his exit by standing in the doorway. The man then tried to leave through a window, but Powers tackled him during the attempt, bringing him to the floor, scratching at his face and neck.
The man said he didn't want to use force on Powers, so he simply turned his head to avoid serious injury. The man said he was eventually able to leave the apartment, running out the front door. Powers chased him, grabbing at his sweatshirt and yelling at him to come back, he said, but he got away, according to Brazil's report.
Sgt. Matt Richardson reported seeing Powers running down the street at about that time, but said she had only said she had been in an argument. Richardson went to the East School Street apartment and arrested Powers. At the station, Powers said it was her boyfriend who had assaulted her, but she did not explain why he was the one with injuries and she was uninjured from the argument.
Powers was charged with domestic simple assault and battery.