State police charge 2 after fight at Trump rally

State police charge 2 after fight at Trump rally


Two Rhode Island residents are facing charges following a fight during a political rally to support Donald Trump outside the Crowne Plaza in Warwick on Monday.

Josh Sandin, 19, of Warwick, and Alexander Carrion, 22, of Providence, were taken into custody Wednesday following an investigation into a heated confrontation between the two in the middle of the rally.

Rhode Island State Police said both men are facing charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct. Sandin and Carrion were arraigned on Wednesday at the State Police Headquarters in Smithville and released on a promise to appear in 3rd Division District Court on May 9.

State police said the incident occurred while the two were in a crowd on Greenwich Avenue following the Donald Trump rally on Monday. According to a report, video surveillance showed a “volatile and tumultuous situation” that occurred when Carrion pushed his way through the crowd and approached Sandin.

The videos also showed Carrion spitting in Sandin’s face. The two then began shoving each other back and forth before Sandin spit back at Carrion as they were being separated by bystanders.

Police said the investigation took longer than expected because both men refused to cooperate.

— Jason Vallee

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