PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence police confirm an arrest warrant has been issued for retired boxer Vinny Paz for one count of felony assault following an assault in the city late Monday night.
Providence police were called to 310 Hawkins Street just after midnight Tuesday for a report of an assault.
When they arrived on the scene, Nathaniel Lavoie, 34, told police he was assaulted by his friend, and well-known Rhode Island boxer, Vincenzo Pazienza.
Police said Paz was not at the scene when officers arrived. But, according to Lavoie and two eyewitnesses, the boxer entered the Providence apartment with his girlfriend around 11:30 p.m. and accused Lavoie of breaking into his home and stealing $16,000.
Leaving his Warwick home Tuesday afternoon, he told Target 12: “Bottom line is I got robbed and when that happens, you got to do what you got to do.”
Police said the two men got into a physical altercation which left Lavoie with several missing and broken teeth, a black eye, bite marks and additional lacerations to his fingers and left bicep.
Officers said the owner of the home then called police and Paz fled in a black Jeep Cherokee with his girlfriend. He has not been seen since.
Lavoie was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for non-life threatening injuries
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Paz wrote,”STOP WITH BS STORY STOP!!!!!”
Then later in the day, he tweeted again, saying, “NO COMMENT!!!! I’m the bad guy oh really?? I’m the victim!!! STOP.”