Police arrest man after rampage in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A wild outburst, caught on camera, has led to numerous charges against a man arrested Monday night in Providence.

In the video, which you can watch above, a man is seen throwing chairs at windows in a building housing the U.S. Attorney’s offices and Providence Equity Group on Westminster Street.  Numerous windows were shattered in the incident.

Police arrested 33-year-old Wilfredo Catlin. Catlin was in court Tuesday morning to face a list of charges, including felony assault and battery, breaking and entering with criminal intent, vandalism, and disorderly conduct.

Police say he assaulted a security guard with a machete, according to the report.

Surveillance footage shows Catlin walking into the building and then getting in some type of altercation with a security guard before the rampage.


The building is owned by Joe Paolino, former Providence Mayor.

“I’m concerned with what’s happening in Providence,” Paolino said. “It feels the city is getting out of control.”

Paolino is calling on the city to increase police presence.

“We should look at the needs of each neighborhood and give police officers the tools they need to do their jobs in the form of additional training, and providing a stronger network of social services,” Paolino said.

Paolino said the city needs to expand partnerships between law enforcement officials and mental health services.

“This should never have happened,” Paolino said. ” This is a small city, a manageable city. It’s not complicated to keep this city safe.”

Bail was set to a $5,000 surety bond and Catlin is scheduled back in court later in October.


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