Man who attempted to flee police by jumping into Providence River from the Washington Bridge to face federal firearm charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Joseph Darosa attempted to flee from police during a traffic stop on Wednesday by jumping off the Washington Bridge, he now faces federal firearm charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has released details surrounding the investigation that led to the traffic stop on Wednesday night.
The East Providence Police Special Investigations Units began to develop information and surveillance after an individual was posting pictures of firearms on social media and attempting to sell firearms in the city.
During surveillance, police observed five individuals enter a vehicle with dark tints, fingerprint evidence showing one of those individuals to be Joseph Darosa. 28-year-old Darosa put a suitcase in the trunk of the vehicle before it drove off, the other four individuals entered a second vehicle.
East Providence police followed the vehicle Darosa was in and attempted to pull the vehicle over for a tinted window violation. As officers approached, Darosa exited the vehicle and jumped off the Washington Bridge into the Providence River.
About an hour later Darosa was apprehended with the help of Providence and State Police.
The vehicle Darosa was driving in was a Lyft, the driver unaware of the 14 handguns Darosa placed in the trunk. They firearms were seized through a search warrant.
Darosa was previously convicted in California for distributing methamphetamine in 2016 and is currently serving a term of federal supervised release.