A Rhode Island man is facing several charges after police say he stabbed an officer multiple times in his bulletproof vest.
Authorities say the stabbing occurred Monday around 4:15 p.m. as officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Caporal Street home in Cranston.
A caller told police Luis Anthony Silva, 37, was screaming and swearing outside the house, as well as kicking a vehicle. Silva then allegedly went into the house where he threatened to assault his ex-girlfriend.
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When officers arrived to the home, Silva initially fled but then returned and got into a fighting stance. Cranston Chief Michael Winquist says Silva pulled out a knife as officers tried to arrest him and stabbed one officer at least three times.
Authorities said while officers were attempting to handcuff Silva, his mother, Brenda Silva, 57, tried to physically intervene.
Winquist says the stabbed officer had only superficial injuries. Silva was hospitalized for injuries to his face.
Police said Luis Anthony Silva was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault of police officers, resisting arrest and threats to public officials, domestic vandalism, and domestic disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $50,000.
Brenda Silva was also arraigned Tuesday and released on $1,000 personal recognizance. She was charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of officer in execution of duty, and two counts of simple assault.