Vinny Paz turns himself in, arraigned on felony assault charge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Flanked by his attorney, retired boxer Vinny Paz turned himself into police Wednesday morning, a day after Providence police issued an arrest warrant for him in connection with an assault in the city late Monday night.

An Eyewitness News crew on scene watched as police escorted the boxer to the third floor of the Providence Public Safety Complex to talk to detectives. We’re told he is being processed on the warrant for one count of felony assault.

Paz was arraigned in Providence District Court late morning, Bail was set at $5,000 personal recognizance and he was ordered to have no contact with Nathaniel Lavoie.

The charge against Paz stems from an assault late New Years Day.

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Providence police were called to 310 Hawkins Street just after midnight Tuesday. When they arrived on the scene, Lavoie, 34, told police he was assaulted by his friend, and well-known Rhode Island boxer, Vincenzo Pazienza.

Lavoie and two eyewitnesses told police 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. Police said the two men got into a physical altercation which left Lavoie with several injuries including several missing and broken teeth and a black eye.

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.”


On Twitter, Paz claimed he was the victim.