Providence man arrested following armed car-jacking at Twin River

A 43-year-old Johnston woman told police that the man held a knife to her and threatened her life if she did not give over her cell phone and car.

LINCOLN, RI (WLNE) – A Providence man is facing several charges after a Johnston woman claims he held a knife to her and threatened her life unless she gave over her car and cell phone.

Jeremy Touch, 28, was ordered held without bail on multiple charges Monday in Providence District Court.

Lincoln Police say they received a call for a car-jacking at the north parking lot at Twin River around 11:15 p.m. Friday.

A 43-year-old Johnston woman told police that the suspect entered the passenger side of her vehicle as she was leaving the casino. She told police he held a knife to her side and demanded her keys and cell phone.

The woman turned both over to Touch, and he fled the parking lot.

“He was in the casino earlier in the evening and he decided to leave and he was looking for a ride, apparently decided to take his ride at knifepoint,” said Lincoln Police Captain Philip Gould.

Officers alerted surrounding police departments of the stolen car. Around 1 a.m., they received a call from Providence Police that they had spotted the black Honda CRV.

Providence Police K-9 unit, Ripp and Officer Eric Chabot, were patrolling the Douglas Avenue area when they saw the stolen vehicle.

Touch led police on a chase to the Olneyville Square area. He then exited the Honda, and fled on foot, until Ripp took him down.

“It’s not very often you get a case solved within two hours, you get your bad guy in custody. Good job by them,” Captain Gould added.

Once in custody, Touch confessed to officers, police said in court.

Touch was charged with Reckless Driving, Eluding Police, Driving Without a License, and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle from the Providence Police Department, and Robbery of an Occupied Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree from the Lincoln Police Department.

He was ordered held without bail and will be back in court on March 23.

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