Two hour nap at N.S. McDonald’s leads to arrest, weapons charges for parking lot guest


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Woonsocket man is facing charges of disorderly conduct,  resisting arrest and weapons possession after his deep sleep outside a McDonald’s restaurant left workers concerned.

Eduardo Pena, 33, of Woonsocket was arrested by North Smithfield police and the weapon he was reportedly carrying, a knife with a 4.5 inch blade, was seized by police.

According to reports, police were called to the restaurant around 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 and told a vehicle had been running in front of the business since 4 p.m., and attempts to wake the occupants had been unsuccessful.

Officers arriving at the scene say they found a white Nissan taking up two handicapped parking spots, and banged loudly several times on the window to wake Pena and the driver, a 31-year-old Lincoln woman.

The officers reportedly spotted a “large, thick blade hunting knife,” attached to Pena’s belt, and asked him to step out of the vehicle. But according to police, the suspect refused and struggled, grabbing at officers while he was forcibly removed from the car.

Pena was cuffed, but continued to struggle until he was taken to the ground, and then placed in the back of the cruiser.

The report notes that in the front seat, police found a leather jacket with the words “Thug Riders,” across the top and “Prospect,” along the side.

Pena was released and is scheduled to appear in 3rd district court on Thursday, April 9.

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