Man accused of pointing pellet gun at rescue workers

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Maine man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he pointed a weapon at a pair of rescue workers in Warwick, which fortunately turned out to be only a pellet gun.

According to police, the ambulance was stopped at a red light on Route 2 at East Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up alongside them. The front passenger got the attention of the two male workers, then aimed an airsoft gun at them before the car took off.

Police were notified of the incident and caught up with the vehicle, which contained three adults – two male and one female. The front passenger, Jose A. Vargas, 23, was arrested and charged with felony assault by use of a device similar to a firearm.

The ambulance was on its way to Cranston from Kent Hospital. Police said it’s not clear how long the suspect pointed the gun at the rescue workers, but noted that no words were exchanged during the incident.

“They’re out here trying to protect everyone and help people who are in need, and he’s out there trying to cause havoc for no reason,” said Robert Duclos of Warwick.

Warwick Police Captain Kenneth Furtado said there does not appear to be a motive in the crime.

Vargas was arraigned and released on $2,000 surety bail. He’s due back in court Feb. 2.

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