CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cranston man arrested Tuesday on charges of physically assaulting a woman in a wheelchair and threatening a responding police officer was taken into custody a second time about 24 hours later.
According to city police, Emile Perrault was first arrested following a brief struggle on Howard Avenue.
Officers had responded just before 4 p.m. to a reported assault at the bus stop in front of D’Evan Manor on Cranston Street.
Eyewitnesses told police Perrault approached the wheelchair-bound woman and began arguing with her before slapping her in the face, knocking off her sunglasses. Police said Perrault reportedly fled the scene after one eyewitness indicated they were calling 911.
“This alleged act of violence towards a person with a physical disability is unconscionable and a cowardly act,” Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said in a statement.
When an officer tracked down Perrault, he became verbally abusive, saying he was a skilled martial artist and could knock off the officer’s head with a roundhouse kick, according to police.
Perrault, 55, was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of assault on a person with severe impairments and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
Later on Wednesday, Cranston police announced Perrault was arrested a second time on similar charges.
Police said they received a 911 call from the same handicapped woman who was allegedly assaulted by Perrault the day before.
According to police, the officers learned that Perrault was yelling vulgarities at the victim and referencing the alleged assault.
He was taken into custody without incident and will be held overnight at Cranston police headquarters.
Police said he’ll be arraigned Thursday morning on new charges of intimidation of a victim and disorderly conduct.