Report: Former police chief has a history of alleged abuse

Col. Marco Palombo Jr. was arrested in Cranston on Thursday night on domestic assault-related harges. (WJAR)

An 11-page police report obtained by the NBC 10 I-Team alleges Thursday's domestic incident was not the first involving the former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo.

Palombo, 53, was arrested Thursday night on domestic assault and domestic disorderly conduct charges, sources told the NBC 10 I-Team. And the police report details a history of alleged abuse.

Cranston Police Sgt. Ryan Shore wrote in his report that Palombo’s wife told police this wasn’t the first time that physical abuse had occurred, saying she had to “have surgery on her thumb due to a prior incident which went unreported to the police"and that there have been "similar incidents in the past."

According to the report and supplemental reports, police were called to Palombo's Cranston home for a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, they found a visibly shaken female in the driveway crying hysterically and another female (Palombo's wife) standing by her also visibly shaken and crying.

Police were told the former chief and another family member were involved in a verbal disbute. The dispute began to escalate when the family member attempted to leave the home, but Palombo attempted to stop the person from leaving. That's when Palombo's wife attempted to intervene.

"At that time Marco turned his attention to her and pushed her back and then struck her with an open hand to the right side of her face/neck area," one officer's report states. "During the course of speaking with (redacted) she appeared extremely nervous and upset however advised that, 'she just couldn't do this anymore.'"

Another piece of the report states that the family member who was in the initial dispute with Palombo, told police that "(redacted) ripped her (redacted) back and then punched (redacted) in her face."

When police attempted to take Palombo into custody, he was "irritated and reluctant" and asked to speak with someone with a higher rank than Sgt. Ryan Shore. Lt. Robertson, who was standing by Shore, told Palombo he would be placed in custody.

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