Fugitive arrested in New York for assaulting Scituate officer

Fugitive arrested in New York for assaulting Scituate officer

SCITUATE – A Brooklyn man was arrested in New York City on Oct. 9 after allegedly assaulting a Scituate Police Officer back on Sept. 21.

Following an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau and the Scituate Police Department, Harinson Cruz-Perez, 26, was arrested on unrelated charges in New York, before he was returned to Rhode Island to face charges connected with the September assault.

Around 8 p.m. on Sept. 21, a Scituate police officer attempted to stop a vehicle fleeing from Foster police during a traffic stop earlier in the evening. The driver allegedly put the car into reverse and drove toward the officer, nearly striking him as he approached the vehicle during the stop. The officer fired three shots at the suspect’s vehicle as it drove away, but no bullets struck the suspect.

The suspect’s car struck another vehicle a short distance away, and the suspect fled the scene on foot.

Cruz-Perez was arraigned on charges of felony assault with a dangerous weapon on a law enforcement officer, eluding a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, and duty to stop in an accident resulting in damage to the vehicle.

The Rhode Island State Police and Scituate Police were able to identify Cruz-Perez, and worked with the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force and U.S. Marshals Service to arrest him.