N.S. police seize shotgun, disarm ‘hero’ carrying drill bit during triple motel arrest


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police arrested three people outside the Travelers Motor Lodge early Tuesday morning after investigation of a stolen vehicle led to several other discoveries.

According to a release from the department, officers observed a man and women parked outside the motel, and the man was observed knocking on the doors of multiple rooms at the Eddie Dowling Highway business. Police ran a registration check on the vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Seekonk, Mass.

Thavisack Souphida, 40, of Providence, told police he was looking for a room, and police identified the second individual as Emily Gomez, 39 of Providence, according to reports.

Souphida had multiple warrants for his arrest, as well as three no contact orders listing Gomez as the protected party. 

“When officers made contact with Gomez she became aggressive and also attempted to walk away from officers while they were conducting their investigation,” notes the release.

During the investigation, officers were approached by a second female carrying a small drill bit who stated, “I am here to be the hero.”  

Officers disarmed the woman, identified as Samantha Chase, 27, with a last known address in New York, but she then tried to strike the officers and was reportedly placed under arrest.

While conducting an inventory search of the stolen vehicle, police observed a 12-gauge shotgun directly behind the front seats, easily accessible to both occupants. The shotgun was also confirmed stolen from Providence.  

Souphida was charged with possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a stolen vehicle; possession of firearm by person convicted of a crime of violence and three charges of violation of a no contact order.

Gomez was charged with possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm by person convicted of a crime of violence; and disorderly conduct

Chase was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct.

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