Providence firefighter held following domestic assault charge

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighter was arrested Sunday following an incident in North Smithfield.

According to the police report obtained by Eyewitness News, officers responded to the report of a possible domestic incident at the Walmart on Dowling Village Boulevard. Upon arrival, police spoke with an employee who stated a man was witnessed grabbing a woman by the arm and dragging her out of the store.

The man – identified as Brian Dwyer – was found by police outside the store engaged in a verbal argument with his girlfriend, which Dwyer told police began inside. Dwyer said his girlfriend wanted to take a taxi home and admitted to grabbing her arm to prevent her from leaving on her own, according to police.

The woman told police she went back into the store to buy a phone to use to call a taxi, but said Dwyer took it from her before she could do so. Police said Dwyer admitted to that as well, saying he didn’t want her to wait in the cold for a taxi.

Based on the surveillance footage reviewed by police and the fact Dwyer admitted to grabbing her arm, police said they took Dwyer into custody on charges of domestic assault and battery and domestic disorderly conduct.

The girlfriend declined to provide police with a written statement.

Dwyer, 35, of Woonsocket, was arraigned Tuesday morning as a potential bail violator for a similar charge back in October. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.

Dwyer is an active member of the Providence Fire Department. He’s due back in court Jan. 14.

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