Woonsocket Man Charged With Two Counts Of Rape

Armand Joseph Ferrio was arrested this week on two charges of rape stemming from incidents in 2004 and 2009.

A sexual assault case which has been outstanding for more than seven years moved forward this week when the Woonsocket Police Department arrested Armand Joseph Ferrio, 24, of 186 South Main St. for two separate incidents of reported rape dating back to 2004 and 2009.

Ferrio has been charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual assault and one charge of second degree robbery. Det. Alan Leclaire secured the arrest with the help of DNA evidence obtained during Ferrio's previous stint at the Adult Correctional Institute (ACI.)

In 2004, a 30-year-old female from Woonsocket was assaulted after meeting up with a man police believe was Ferrio on the River Street bridge. According to reports, the woman was walking on River Street when a vehicle pulled over. She initially thought she knew the driver and began making small talk before being assaulted and raped by the nearby railroad tracks. Ferrio would have been 18 years old at the time.

In the more recent case, the victim, a 49-year-old, female told police that she fell asleep at a friend's house and woke up with a strange man choking her until she nearly passed out. The man removed her pants and raped her several times before fleeing the apartment at 158 South Main St.  She described her assailant as a white male with short hair and a tattoo on his forearm. The victim reportedly had wounds on her face and neck area. No one witnessed either attack.

Leclaire was investigating the 2009 incident when he picked up the unsolved case from 2004. Rape kits from both victims were matched up with DNA from Ferrio taken during his time at the ACI. 

"We were helped through science and good detective work, and we're grateful for that" said Det. Lt. Eugene Jalette of the arrest.

Ferrio's previous criminal record dates back to 2004 and includes charges of driving under the influence, violation of a restraining order, obstructing an officer, reckless driving, two counts of minor in possession of alcohol, two counts felony assault, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of possession of marijuana, three counts of driving without a license and four counts of vandalism.

Yvette M Ayotte September 17, 2011 at 10:27 AM
Another thug taken off our streets, thank you Woonsoscket Police Department.
todd September 17, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Always knew there was something wrong with him
Amelia Turcotte September 18, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Another thug taken off the streets?? Does anybody take into consideration that these femalesz were hookers? Or the fact that a once troubled child grew into an acceptional young man and he is far from a bad person or a rapist. For the sake of me and his mother it would be great if people would hold their tounges until the facts are all there, if you know the joey we know he would never hurt any female, this is some crazy shyt.... And i still love and will support my husband my image of him will never change.
cindy smith September 18, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Ferrio's previous criminal record dates back to 2004 and includes charges of driving "under the influence, violation of a restraining order, obstructing an officer, reckless driving, two counts of minor in possession of alcohol, two counts felony assault, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of possession of marijuana, three counts of driving without a license and four counts of vandalism." previous charges for the good person? And what makes it right to rape even if you are a hooker! Honestly AMELIA~!
Jean-Paul Paquette September 19, 2011 at 12:23 AM
You're a lucky girl, Amelia....must be nice living in dream land 24/7.
nunya September 19, 2011 at 01:17 AM
DNA doesn't lie!
Jay Dionne September 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Whether or not they are allegedly prostitutes really doesn't matter...I can't fathom how anyone would try to include that in defense or justification of these alleged crimes. I applaud you sticking by your husband, but what was he doing with two prostitutes in the first place?
Jason D September 19, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Good job WPD! Way to stay with it. Rape is Rape, period regardless of the women’s occupation! Maybe he needs to learn the word consensual. Why the hell would your husband’s DNA be in a rape kit from these 2 women?
todd September 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM
He's crazy always gas been a trouble maker
Amanda September 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Ive known him longer and better then anyone on here and I cant say he did do it but the DNA does not lie and support him all you want but just remember while your waisting your life waiting for him ... he will never change! Joey has always had issues and needs to do more then a year or so that they keep giving him to smarten up !
STEPHEN WEBER September 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Punishments for Life long criminals like this have become far too lenient and costly over time so there is absolutely no deterrence to re offending. If this alleged perpetrator is found guilty along with other long term criminals were neutered and castrated they would be made very docile in the future and the cost would be minimal and they probably would not commit other crimes in the future and society would not be plagued by crimes committed by future offspring if bad genetics are the root cause of criminal behavior this too would be eliminated over time...
jewelsy September 20, 2011 at 07:53 PM
oh Yoyo!!!!!!!
Dean P September 20, 2011 at 08:28 PM
ok why don't you go hire a hooker and say your not paying, and see what happens to you,
Dean P September 20, 2011 at 08:32 PM
My records is worse that that, and I am someone you'll take home to Mama. If his record only had the driving offense you'd still have something to say.
Dean P September 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM
I wonder if you would reply if it was a family member of yours.
Sandy Phaneuf September 23, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Amelia, I would like to give you the opportunity to say your piece, but obscenities violate our terms of use so I had to delete your comments. Feel free to comment but do not swear on Woonsocket Patch.
Jay Dionne September 23, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Re: Dean - Uh...pass. Thanks.
Becky September 24, 2011 at 05:13 PM
scum plain and simple as for his wife has mental problems if she thinks being with hookers is ok .
Amelia Turcotte September 26, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Dean... this is joeys mom... search Amelia Turcotte on facebook & send her a message i need to talk to u...
BaddestBxtch September 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM
The fact of the matter is DNA proves he raped two women. Honestly, in my opinion, all rapists should get the needle. He's just gonna get released & do it again.
Local Resident October 14, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Are you kidding me??? What differance does it make that the women were prostitues? So then the guy who was killing and tourtering prostitues here in Woonsocket, then dumping thier bodies in the dump, had a defense??? did you know most women who become prostitues ae victims of childhood abuse and rape? When will people stop blaming the victim? Rape is an act of violence,not sex!!! I could care less how he appeared in his day to day life. If he is found guilty,based on his DNA, will you still blame the victims of his violence??? They are somebodies child, sister,friend....
Betty Smith October 14, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Honestly, I feel badly that the wife is sticking up for her husband. I know the phrase "stand by your man" and all, but when a DNA test shows up and proves that he is guilty, he is guilty. I don't care if these women are prostitutes or anything else. If it wasn't consensual, it is rape, end of story. Are you saying that because they were prostitutes, they "deserved" it? Amelia, I mean this with all due respect, if I were you, I would get an STD test and get some counseling. I am sorry that you are finding out that the person you thought he was isn't.
A November 29, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Disgusting, So glad he is off the streets. And to the wife, To imply that just because the are prostitutes is just ridiculous and you should be ashamed. Your husband RAPED and choked (and yes DNA and bruising back up the claims) two woman. That doesnt concern you at all??????? What if you had a daughter (who was a prostitute) and she came home and said mom I was raped. would you think it was A ok because of how she makes her money?????? The amount of sex offenders in Woonsocket is very disturbing and growing at an alarming rate. I hope he stays in jail where he belongs.
Mark D November 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM
definatly somthing not ok with his wife, to not care that he was with prostitutes, that alone usualy ends in a divorse, and just wondering who had the restraining order out, was it the wife or another victim,hooker or nun its still rape!!
A December 01, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Jen January 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
ur all dingbats
JACOB September 20, 2012 at 10:54 PM
B February 08, 2013 at 12:07 AM
I've known him nearly all his life, I love him like family, but you can never truly be sure of what someone else is capable of doing. Most people don't know what they themselves are capable of. You also have to look at the myriad of crimes he had already been charged with, not to mention the things he had not been caught for. Take everything into account, and just take care of your family. I wish you all the best of luck, even his brother whom you failed to mention.
Nelson Aldrich February 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Stop thanking them for doing their jobs.It's what they get paid to do.They get to retire after twenty years on your dime and they get more expensive every year. I'm all for crime control but i don't put them on a pedestal.They're doing their jobs,no more,no less.


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