Cranston Police arrest ATV driver who smashed police cruiser window

"The Cranston Police has been contacted by many residents and witnesses who are fearful of this activity and have offered their assistance. The Cranston Police plan on making more arrests in this case as the investigation continues.”
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CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – Cranston police arrested a man they say was involved in a violent ATV incident on New Years Day.

According to a release, Cranston officers arrested 19-year-old Nicholas Zabawar Jr., of Warwick. Authorities said he was caught on surveillance footage smashing out the rear windshield of a police cruiser with his helmet during the January 1 incident.

Police said after smashing the windshield, Zabawar took off.

Cranston detectives secured a search warrant for Zabawar’s home, where they found the red Honda motorcycle that Zabawar was driving at the time of the incident.

Colonel Michael Winquist said the motorcycle was found in a garage on the property along with several other pieces of evidence which linked Zabawar to his involvement in the crime.

Zabawar was charged with vandalism and eluding police.

In the release, Major Patalano said, “These violators continue to deny and pass culpability while showing no signs to cease this dangerous and reckless behavior that continues to endanger the motoring public as well as themselves. We will continue to track down all violators of the law in this case and gradually we will apprehend all involved as we continue to investigate this incident.”

Patalano continued, “The Cranston Police has been contacted by many residents and witnesses who are fearful of this activity and have offered their assistance. The Cranston Police plan on making more arrests in this case as the investigation continues.”

Warwick Police helped Cranston Police execute the search warrant at Zabawar’s home.

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