Police: Residents fight off home invasion suspect

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — New details are emerging from a reported home invasion in North Kingstown.

It happened just before 7:30 p.m. at a residence on Dry Bridge Road, according to police.

Police said a masked suspect – later identified as 33-year-old Jordan M. Rice of Exeter – entered the home through the back door with a loaded shotgun. He then pointed the gun at a female resident and demanded money. A male resident grabbed the barrel of the shotgun and the two struggled.

“They had a relationship some sort of association with each other, we’re still not clear to what extent,” stated Captain Paul Barry of the North Kingstown Police.

During the fight, police said Rice fired a shotgun round into the floor before being struck in the head, legs and arms by the female resident with a baseball bat. Rice left the gun and fled the home.

Rice was later tracked to a residence in Coventry where State Police and Coventry Police surround the home.  A North Kingstown police officer convinced Rice over a cell phone call to turn himself in.

The suspect was brought to Kent Hospital for treatment of his injuries before being turned over to North Kingstown Police.

Neither of the victims were injured.

Rice has been charged with discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, burglary, and assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house.

The North Kingstown Police Detective Division will continue to investigation and say more charges are possible.