Slew of drug, other charges for suspects in multi-town chase

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Six people, including a juvenile girl, are facing a slew of charges after police pursued an SUV through several Rhode Island communities Monday afternoon. The break-in the six people are alleged to have been involved in also revealed an alleged illegal marijuana growing operation at a home in Scituate, police said.

The five men are expected to face a judge at Kent County District Court on Tuesday. The girl — identified as a 17-year-old by Scituate Police — is expected to face a judge in juvenile court.

According to police , the group is broke into a home on Robinwood Drive in Scituate about 11:30 a.m. Monday. A caller told a 911 dispatcher several males wearing hooded shirts carried a large plastic bin to a waiting Kia SUV, which took off quickly, according to Scituate Police.

When Scituate officers tried to catch up with the vehicle, they said the group tried to get away; running over mailboxes, sideswiping three cars, and rear-ending a pickup truck (which hit a RIPTA bus). The chase started on Route 12 in Scituate, proceeded to Route 14, entered Johnston and then north on I-295, getting off at Route 44. Police said the vehicle finally crashed into a stone wall at Smith Street and Fruit Hill Avenue in North Providence.

“It’s always dangerous when someone is refusing to stop, you don’t know what their actions are going to be,” said RI State Police Cpt. John Allen. “They obviously will do anything to get away, so we are very fortunate with the outcome.”

Allen said after the crash, all six suspects took off.

“Apprehending six people that flee in six different directions is no easy feat, and with good communication over the radio with all the departments it worked out really well,” he explained.

Officers found a loaded gun in a nearby flower pot and seized more than six pounds of marijuana, believed to have been stolen from the Scituate home.

Tuesday morning, Scituate and Rhode Island State Police revealed more details about the suspects and their mounting charges.

All six are charged with possession of marijuana (between 1 and 5 kilos), possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and obstructing a police officer, by Rhode Island State Police. Scituate Police are also charging all six with breaking and entering and conspiracy, but other charges may result, investigators said Tuesday.

A juvenile female — name not divulged because she is underage — is accused of being the driver of the getaway car. She’s also charged with eluding, reckless driving, driving to endanger, leaving the scene of an accident (two counts), and operating without a license.

Jakial Smith, 20, is also charged with possession of a firearm — a loaded pistol — without a license, and possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence. The latter charge could carry as much as 10 years in jail if Smith is convicted.

The other men facing drug charges:

  • Trey D. Pinkerton, 19
  • Travone J. Green, 19
  • Richard S. Koboi, 20
  • Isaiah D. Edwards, 20

All of the young men were listed by police as Providence residents.

During the investigation, Scituate Police determined the Robinwood Drive residence was home to an illegal marijuana growing operation; they have now charged Michael J. Arlan, 48, with the felony charges of cultivating marijuana. In court, Arlan was identified as a renter of the residence.

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