Lincoln woman arrested after allegedly helping teens hide from police


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A Lincoln woman and two teen boys were arrested this month by North Smithfield police after she allegedly helped them to hide from police, and lied about their whereabouts.

Loretta Wilson, 36, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with obstructing an officer following an incident at Hilltop Motor Inn on Thursday, July 1.

The 16-year-old and a second 17-year-old boy were also brought in on bench warrants, according to police.

Police reportedly went to the hotel to look for the 16-year-old, who was facing a family court bench warrant, following a call from the boy’s father.

Wilson told officers she did not know where her son was, and reportedly tried to leave the hotel soon after, but was detained.

Hotel management reported seeing several juveniles enter room 106 of the Eddie Dowling Highway motor lodge, and the man renting the room said that Wilson had asked him if the boys could stay there because police were looking for one.

When officers knocked on the door, they reportedly found that the room had been dead-bolted, and the teens would not answer the door. Police then opened a window, and observed the three male juveniles, who were “pretending to be asleep,” according to reports.

Once police gained entry, they found the young suspect, wanted for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. One of the boys initially refused to identify himself, before reportedly providing several fake names. The boy did provide officers with his father’s name and phone number, however, which led them to his correct name, as well as his arrest record.

The juvenile had a family court warrant for 1st degree child molestation, and a warrant for escape from custody with the Rhode Island State Police.

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