JWU graduate accused of assaulting Providence officer pleads not guilty

Cole DiRico seen in Providence District Court, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Johnson and Wales University graduate accused of assaulting a Providence officer pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Providence police responded just before 2 a.m. Saturday to a group of college students fighting on the porch of a Pembroke Avenue home.

Witnesses told police that Cole DiRico, 21, wasn’t let into a Halloween part and proceeded to start assaulting partygoers.

Then, as police tried to break up the fight, DiRico allegedly attacked an officer, bringing him to the ground and choking him.

DiRico faces several assault charges, including assault on a police officer and obstruction of an officer in execution of duty.

Police said two other men, identified as 21-year-old Jean Maruri and 22-year-old Jonathan were also arrested.

DiRico is due back in court Nov. 15. He will have to take substance abuse and mental health assessments before that time.

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