WESTERLY — Westerly police said a local man threatened to kill an officer's newborn son and family after his arrest in a domestic dispute Sunday night.
The man, Joseph Turano, 25, of 131 Cross St., was arrested at about 10 p.m. on charges of threatening a public official, domestic simple assault or battery, domestic vandalism and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned Monday in Fourth Division District Court and did not enter a plea during the initial hearing.
The police said officers were called to Turano's home after a dispute with his mother. Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said Turano was "highly intoxicated" and was arguing with his mother about wanting to drive to see the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel fireworks at Cimalore Field. Lacey said he caused significant damage in the home and in the yard.
He was no longer at home when officers arrived, but was found a short time later at the Cumberland Farms store on Granite Street, where he was detained.
While in the police cruiser, Lacey said, Turano was aggressive toward officers and began shaking the cruiser despite requests to calm down. Lacey said he also began calling to one of the officers by name and asked him personal details about his son.
"He provided specific details that the general public would not have known, and then threatened to kill the officer's son and family," the police chief said.
He continued to make abusive comments toward the officers during the booking process, Lacey said.
Turano was ordered held in lieu of a a $5,000 surety bond, according to Rhode Island judicial records. He has remained in state custody at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston pending a bail review hearing scheduled for Wednesday.