Providence Violent Crimes Task Force, Boston Gang Unit make arrests

Providence police arrested several alleged gang members Sunday morning.
Providence police arrested several alleged gang members Sunday morning.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police arrested several alleged gang members Sunday morning.

The Providence Violent Crimes Task Force and Boston gang unit were surveying an area on Union Street after learning two Boston-based gangs planned to meet for a violent confrontation. Police discovered a Nissan Altima being driven by several people they believed to be members of the Wendover Street gang.

Providence police say they could smell marijuana and pulled the car over.

During a pat down, police discovered ammunition and then found a revolver in the vehicle.

Police arrested the car’s driver, 23-year-old Elton Ribeiro, with carrying a pistol without a license.

Four suspected gang members were arrested in total, including 24-year-old Takari Elliott, who was taken into custody after crashing his car into a police cruiser in an attempt to flee from police. Elliott also faces weapons charges.