Man who barricaded himself in North Providence home with AR-15 surrenders

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — After almost 20 hours of negotiations, a man who barricaded himself inside a North Providence home with an assault rifle surrendered to police.

Police responded to a Stephanie Drive home just after 3 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a gunshot fired. There, they found Gino Rotondo barricaded inside.

Rotondo’s wife, 52-year-old Rachel Lombardi, was also in the home.

Police Chief Alfredo Ruggerio said the incident happened after his wife said she was assaulted by another man while Rotondo wasn’t home.

After Rotondo found out, he called the man to come to the home and then fired a single shot from an assault rifle.

Police said the man who was shot at wanted to remain anonymous and is not pressing charges against Rotondo.

The shot fired did not hit the man, according to police.

Ruggerio said police lost contact with the man and woman at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

The chief said they were concerned for Lombardi’s safety after her she made a Facebook post that read “help” in the middle of the night.

Her husband also posted videos to her Facebook during the hours-long standoff.

At just before 1 a.m., police said power to the home was cut, at which point, Rotondo made a request that if his power was turned back on, he would come out.

Afterward, Ruggiero said they lost contact with the couple and began to fear for their safety. Just after 7 a.m., Rhode Island State Police and a SWAT team arrived at the Stephanie Drive home and moved in to try to get them out. 

ABC 6 News crews at the scene heard police pleading over a loudspeaker for Rotondo to come out of the home, saying in part, “Let’s end this thing.”

“It was just a wait and hope. Wait and wish,” said the Mayor of North Providence Charles Lombardi. “The end result is what we were hoping for.”

Rotondo surrendered to police at about 8 a.m., and a shelter in place for residents in the neighborhood was lifted.

The chief said Rotondo was also arrested in May for cocaine possession.

He’s currently being evaluated at Rhode Island Hospital.

While Ruggiero didn’t specify when or if Rotondo would be charged, he said among the charges he could face would be firing a weapon in a compact area.

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