Warwick man arrested for striking a victim with a bat after a chase

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CRANSTON, R.I (WLNE) – A Warwick man was arrested after striking another man with a bat at a gas station on Friday night, police say.

On May 24th 2019, at approximately 2:42 p.m, Cranston Police received 911 calls regarding a disturbance at a Mobil Gas station on Elmwood Avenue.

According to Police, dispatch received several call of two male individuals fighting in the parking lot, with one male possibly struck with a “pipe”. 

The incident was further described as a car accident that escalated to an active assault, police say.

As they arrived, officers observed a large crowd directing them to the entrance of the Mobil station. Several people were restraining a male individual, now identified as 47-year-old James Germalm to prevent him from striking the other male any further with a bat. 

Witnesses told police that the victim was inside the Mobil lying on the ground and bleeding from his head. 

The victim explained to police that he was in his vehicle with a friend stopped in traffic at the intersection of Park and Elmwood Avenue. 

The victim says he was getting intentionally rammed by another vehicle operated by Germalm.

Police say the victim tried to flee on foot, and that’s when Germalm began to chase him and struck him at least twice with the bat. 

The incident was caught on surveillance.

Witnesses came to the aid of the victim and Germalm was restrained until authorities arrived. 

Germalm suffered broken ribs and a concussion during the restraint leading to his arrest. 

Warwick Police are currently investigating a potential incident in the city that is believed to have occurred prior to the assault.

Germalm is being charged with three counts of Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon & one count of Disorderly Conduct. 

He is receiving treatment at Rhode Island Hospital where he will also be arraigned.