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Cranston man charged in burning of Providence Police cruiser

By HERALD STAFF
Posted 8/26/20

By HERALD STAFF A Cranston man is facing a federal charge in connection with the destruction of a Providence Police cruiser during the rioting that occurred in downtown Providence on June 2. Nicholas L. Scaglione, 30, was arrested last week on a charge

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Cranston man charged in burning of Providence Police cruiser

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A Cranston man is facing a federal charge in connection with the destruction of a Providence Police cruiser during the rioting that occurred in downtown Providence on June 2.

Nicholas L. Scaglione, 30, was arrested last week on a charge of malicious destruction of a vehicle by fire, according to a statement from the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman.

Another man, 34-year-old Luis Joel Sierra of Providence, was arrested on the same charge days earlier in connection with the burning of the cruiser.

Scaglione was reportedly released on $10,000 unsecured bond, while Sierra was ordered held in federal custody.

Authorities say an investigation found that Scaglione and Sierra “allegedly shared information with others about their alleged individual roles in the burning of the cruiser,” which became one of the lasting images from the night of violence and looting that unfolded in Providence in early June. Scaglione is specifically alleged to have “squirted a flammable liquid into the vehicle, causing the fire to intensify.”

Documents submitted to the court include a test message in which Scaglione is said to have written: “But that police cruiser that went up in flames last night can be replaced... I was pissed. I’ve been pissed. That was pent up years of rage and frustration with the way I’ve seen and been treated by police. That cop car can be replaced. People’s lives cannot … Then I go out fighting and standing up for s**t I believe in. Cuz I know for a fact if it was you or anyone else I was close to I’d burn the whole police force down and not even blink.”

Prosecutors say their evidence also includes “several videos allegedly taken on Snapchat off Sierra’s phone and a recorded conversation with Sierra during which Sierra allegedly detailed his actions igniting the fire.”

The statement from Weisman’s office continues: “A significant amount of information into each man’s alleged role into the burning of Providence Police cruiser in the form of emails, telephone calls, text messages and video clips was brought to the attention of law enforcement following the publication of an FBI poster seeking information of two persons of interest in the June 2, 2020 arson of the Providence Police Department vehicle.”

If convicted, both Scaglione and Sierra face penalties of between five and 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Daly Jr.

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