Johnston Police Log, Jan. 19, 2023

Posted 2/3/23

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident and arrest reports provided by the Johnston Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.

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Johnston Police Log, Jan. 19, 2023


EDITOR'S NOTE: The following police log information has been taken from public record police incident and arrest reports provided by the Johnston Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies.


Around 7:35 a.m., Dec. 7, 2022, Warwick Police were dispatched to Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road for a “subject to eject.”

Upon arrival at the scene, Warwick Police officers met with a store employee who told them “a customer caused a disturbance by trying to buy an item that was marked down for donation when repeatedly told not to do so,” according to the incident report.

“She stated that the customer recorded all interactions and threatened (to) put it on the internet if she did not get her way,” Warwick Police Officer Robert J. Canis-Langlais wrote in the report. “(The employee) stated that they would like (the customer) trespassed from this location.

Police identified the woman, Roberta Cronan, 34, of 29 Ostend St., Johnston.

“She was told to leave the store3 and was given a No Trespass Order,” police said.


Johnston Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle crast around 10:05 a.m., Dec. 20, 2022.

At the scene, Johnston Police decided to charge Steven S. Hatton, of 20 Sheridan St., Apt. 2, Johnston, with Duty to Stop-Damage to an Attended Vehicle and Driving with a Suspended License (second offense), according to an incident report written by Capt. Michael J. Babbitt.

Hatton was released with a Jan. 6 District Court date. Hatton also received a traffic citation for Operating Without Evidence of Insurance.


Around 10:30 a.m., Nov. 23, Johnston Police responded to a report of a break-in “in progress.”

After arriving on the scene, Johnston Police Patrolman Merrick A. Cook met with the complainant, the owner of the property, who reported observing a black Mercedes Benz parked in front of his residence.

The man also told police that he “saw a male subject exit the vehicle and enter his property,” Cook wrote in the incident report.

The witness told police “that he had met the subject in the past, however, did not know his name and had not seen him in two years.”

Cook noted all exterior doors and windows were locked, but he found a broken side window.

The property owner gave Cook a key to the building.

Cook opened the front door.

“As I went to enter the front door, the male subject in question opened the door and was immediately taken into custody,” Cook wrote.

The man identified himself to police as Stephen F. Dibenedetto, of 168 Alverson Ave., Apt. 3, Providence, the registered owner of the vehicle parked in front of the caller’s residence.

Cook noted that he is familiar with Dibenedetto “from previous contacts.”

The property owner told police that “he did not wish to file a criminal complaint against Dibenedetto and wished him to be trespassed from the properties,” Cook wrote in the report.

Around 2 p.m. on Nov. 25, Johnston Police Patrolman Christopher Rotella was dispatched back to the address for “a report of a barricaded door.”

After arriving on the scene, Rotella spoke to the property owner, who filled him in on the previous trespass.

Rotella and another officer entered the building and located Dibenedetto, “hiding in the basement of the building.” He was immediately taken into custody, according to police.

Police noted a broken rear window through which the suspect entered. Police said it was the same broken window used to enter the property two days earlier.

“Mr. Dibenedetto stated that he was looking for ‘a place of solitude,’ to get away from the world,” Rotella wrote in the arrest report. The subject was placed in the rear of a police cruiser and transported to the Johnston Police Department.

The property owner decided to press criminal charges this time.

Dibenedetto was charged with one count of Breaking and Entering without Consent and one count of Willful Trespassing.

Dibenedetto was processed and held pending arraignment, according to police.

He was arraigned later that day and held “due to being a bail violated.”

Dibenedetto was remanded to the ACI, where he awaited arraignment in Third District Court.


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