Man assaults Cranston officer with knife during arrest

Luis Anthony Silva (Police photo)

A 37-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he tried to stab a police officer during an arrest.

Col. Michael Winquist said Luis Anthony Silva was arraigned Tuesday on the following charges:

  • Assault with intent to commit a specified felony
  • Assault of police officers and other officials
  • Resisting legal or illegal arrest
  • Threats to public officials
  • Domestic vandalism/malicious injury to property
  • Domestic disorderly conduct

Police said they went to a home on Caporal Street Monday around 4:15 p.m. for a report of domestic disturbance.

A caller told authorities that Silva was screaming and swearing outside the house, as well as kicking a vehicle.

Then, he went into the house, where he threatened to assault his ex-girlfriend.

When police arrived, Silva fled the scene. But his mother, 57-year-old Brenda J. Silva, was there and started hollering at her son’s ex-girlfriend, as well as officers.

“A short time later, Mr. Silva returned to the residence and began walking towards both officers with his hands concealed in his jacket and in a threatening tone stated, ‘let’s do this,’” according to police.

He then ignored officers, who asked him to show his hands, and he took a fighting stance.

As officers tried to arrest Silva and take him into custody, police said he “violently resisted,” which caused Silva and the officers to lose their balance and fall to the ground.

“While officers continued to attempt to handcuff Silva, (he) retrieved a knife he had in his possession and proceeded to forcefully stab one of the officers in his lower back at least three times, while Ms. Silva attempted to physically intervene in the arrest of her son,” police said, adding that the officer took out his gun and pointed it at Silva, who refused to drop the knife and continued to resist arrest.

“Fearing for his life and the life of his fellow officer, the second officer was forced to employ a high degree of physical force upon Silva, which eventually allowed him to dislodge the knife from Mr. Silva’s grasp and place Mr. Silva in custody,” police noted, saying that the officer was wearing a ballistic vest, which prevented “full penetration of the blade of the knife. The high impact of the blows of the knife caused the tip of the blade to break off.”

Silva was taken to Rhode Island Hospital and treated for injuries he sustained during the scuffle. His mug shot shows his face bruised and bloody.

After his arrest, police said “Silva allegedly made a comment that he wished he had stabbed the officer in the ‘jugular’ and made repeated threats that when he was released he would acquire a gun and kill the officer he had stabbed,” police said.

Silva was later taken to the Cranston Police Department, where he was held overnight. His bail was set at $50,000 with surety and he was ordered not to have contact with his ex-girlfriend.

"This incident demonstrates the dangers police officers face on a daily basis and how rapidly Officers must be prepared to engage in a physical struggle to protect the lives of others, and in this situation their own lives," Winquist said. "I commend the officers for their heroic actions and their great restraint in using lethal force, which in my opinion in this situation would have been justified. This violent encounter could have had a tragic outcome if it was for the quick actions and high level of training of these officers. I am thankful that the Officer’s ballistic vest prevented the penetration of the blade of the knife and he was able to go home safely to his family at the end of his shift.”

Meanwhile, his mother was also arraigned and released on $1,000 personal recognizance. She was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Officer in Execution of Duty, along with two counts of simple assault.

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