State police charge man under new body armor law

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island state police have charged a 34-year-old Pawtucket man under a new law that prevents convicted felons from having body armor.

Authorities say Antonio Limardo was parked early Monday in a car with heavily tinted windows and its lights off on East Avenue in Pawtucket. When the trooper asked for Limardo's license, he noticed what looked like body armor in the back seat.

Police say Limardo didn't have a valid registration. A criminal check showed he had been convicted in Puerto Rico of attempted murder.

The General Assembly this year passed a bill that prevents anyone who has been convicted of a felony that is a crime of violence from buying or possessing body armor.

Police say they also confiscated a 9-millimeter handgun and a knife.