Man wanted in home invasion caught after wild chase
CUMBERLAND, R.I. —
Authorities captured a man wanted in a Woonsocket home invasion Thursday who led them on a chase into Providence that eventually ended in Cumberland.
Police said the suspect crashed two cars and shot someone during the mayhem.
It started at multifamily home on Dexter Street in Woonsocket where residents said a man wearing a ski mask was waiting inside an apartment for the occupants to get home.
"There was a weapon shown in this home invasion, which obviously raises the stakes a little bit as far as we're concerned," said Woonsocket police Sgt. Matthew Ryan.
Because of the nature of the ongoing investigation, it is not been confirmed what kind of weapon the suspect had, but from Woonsocket, he led police on a wild chase through several communities.
"Detectives fortunately observed the suspect vehicle, started to follow that until the proper uniform cars were in place to stop that car. When they tried stopping that car, the defendant obviously took off," said Woonsocket police Capt. Adam Remick.
The suspect made it all the way to Malbone Avenue in Providence, where he ditched the car he was driving and took off on foot.
A block away on Oakland Avenue, he stole a Volkswagen Passat by shooting the driver in the foot. The victim's injury was described as not life-threatening.
"I heard about two or three gunshots and in this neighborhood, you don't know if they're gunshots or fireworks. So, we didn't really think anything of it until there was about 50 cop cars out in front of the house," said a witness.
Cumberland police pursued the vehicle on Route 116 until it crashed into a van where the road intersects with Route 122.
Michael Ebiwa, 26, of Woonsocket, was taken into custody, and a gun was recovered from the stolen car.
"The good thing is, law enforcement people go home safe, the defendant's in custody and the community is safe, as far as we're concerned," state police Col. Steven O'Donnell said.
Ebiwa is due to be arraigned Friday on charges of carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a stolen vehicle, and driving with a suspended license.
Police are still investigating the motive for the home invasion or if anyone else is involved.