By DALE P. FAULKNER
Sun Staff Writer
WESTERLY — Two Westerly men were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after they allegedly fought with each other early Friday.
Westerly police were called to the area of Narragansett Avenue and Jay Street at around 12:30 a.m. and arrived to find a group of people, including the two combatants, according to a report filed by Westerly Police Officer Amanda Rinn.
According to the report, Rinn observed Cory J. Ellis, 19, of 59 Granite St. (Roger Williams Inn) standing over Nicholas R. Cillino, 23, of 4 Jay St., Apt. 3, who was in the street on Narragansett Avenue on his hands and knees. Ellis and Cillino were both charged. An arrest photograph shows Cillino’s right eye swollen shut. He declined medical attention, Rinn said.
Ellis told police that he struck Cillino in the face after Cillino charged at him and his brother. Ellis also told police that he had gone to look for Cillino because Cillino had been harassing a male friend and, later, Ellis heard that Cillino was preparing to have “eight guys jump him.”
Jean Gagnier said the incident occurred in front of his house on Narragansett Avenue. He said he initially heard the altercation and then observed eight people in the street in front of his house. Gagnier credited Rinn for quickly separating Cillino and Ellis.
Gagnier, a founding member of Wilcox East Neighborhood Association, said the fight between Ellis and Cillino, combined with an altercation on Jay Street on Thursday, and a car fire Wednesday morning that he said was “of suspicious origin,” added up to a difficult week for the neighborhood. Westerly Fire officials said the car fire appeared to be the result of a mechanical malfunction.
“People need to know that this neighborhood is not going to tolerate this type of thing,” Gagnier said.
Jack Armstrong, Wilcox East Neighborhood Association president, said he planned to soon call a meeting of the association’s board to discuss Friday’s incident and to develop a response. “The association is fully aware of the issues in the neighborhood and the association will be following up with action,” Armstrong said.
Cillino had also been arrested Thursday when he was charged with violating a no contact order after police responded to a disturbance at his apartment and found his former girlfriend there. The former girlfriend, Kathryn Trombino, 20, of 10 Old Hopkinton Road, was charged with domestic disorderly conduct.
Cillino was held overnight Friday and presented in 4th Division District Court in Wakefield.
He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court again for a pretrial hearing on Sept. 27.
Ellis was released by police and is scheduled for an arraignment in 4th Division Court on Sept. 27.