No. Smithfield man arrested after broken window assault, grabbing officer, possession of cocaine


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A North Smithfield man is facing five misdemeanors and a felony charge after allegedly breaking the window of his girlfriend’s car and trying to pull her through the glass during a fight.

Nicholas Whitney, 22, of 500 Victory Highway has been charged with domestic violence, vandalism, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, assault and possession of a controlled substance, following the April 24 incident.

According to reports, police responded to a caller who stated that three men wearing bandanas were trying to break down his door around 12:30 a.m. that Friday, and learned that the situation was not as the description implied. A second caller reported a female sitting in a car and screaming for help at the same address.

When officers arrived at Whitney’s Victory Highway apartment, they learned that the three men were trying to assist the victim, and wearing bandanas to help curb any potential spread of Covid 19.

Police knocked on the door of Whitney’s apartment and state that when he opened it, his hands were covered in blood. The suspect reportedly attempted to close the door, but an officer grabbed him.

The 22-year-old pulled the officer into the apartment with him, pulling the door closed behind them. During the struggle that ensued, the officer states that he punched Whitney before he could get him to the floor and place him in handcuffs.

Police state that Whitney continued to act aggressive and belligerent, and appeared heavily intoxicated. 

The suspect told police that he had a fight with his girlfriend and punched through the glass of the driver’s side window of her car. The victim, a 20-year-old female from Wakefield, had cuts on her face and arms, and told officers Whitney had attempted to pull her through the broken glass.   

During processing, police reportedly found a clear baggy with a white powdery substance on Whitney’s person, which tests later confirmed was two grams of cocaine.

Whitney has a pre-arraignment conference scheduled for Friday, July 24. 

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