Two charged in Cranston fight that sent 5 to hospital
Cranston police responded at about 1 a.m. Sunday to Blow Hookah Lounge on Park Avenue for a large disturbance.
Police said they cannot confirm reports that gunshots may have been fired into the air by a patron.
But the noise woke up neighbor Sheila Reynolds.
"I thought I heard gunshots. There were fireworks in the area earlier in the evening so I put it off as fireworks," she said.
Police say no one had actually been shot, but what they found were three people with superficial stab wounds, and three others who had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Nardolillo Funeral Home.
"There was one person on the ground near the truck, he got rushed off in the ambulance really quick,” said Ed Reynolds.
Police say the person who intentionally struck the people was arrested after his vehicle became stuck in the bushes on the funeral home property.
Michael Noth 32, of Providence, who was also one of the stab victims, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
His passenger, Katerin DeLarosa was charged with obstruction.
Police said the disturbance stemmed from a male patron inappropriately touching a female patron inside Blow, leading to the large disturbance that ended across the street in a parking lot.
Cranston Fire Rescue transported a total of four people to Rhode Island Hospital: three stab victims and another person who said he had been hit by a vehicle.
A fourth stabbing victim was driven to Roger Williams Medical Center before officers arrived, according to police who said all victims who were taken to the hospital have since been released.
The violence unnerving to the Reynolds who had a front door view of the crime scene.
"It can happen anywhere, but I'm not happy it happened in front of my house though," said Ed Reynolds.
"It's pretty scary, it's generally quiet in the neighborhood and it's kind of scary," said Sheila Reynolds.
It’s unclear if police have any suspects in the stabbings.
Anyone who may have information about the case is urged to contact Detective Lee Sohn at 401-477-5147 or Detective Robert Santagata at 401-477-5169.
Anonymous tips can also be provided by selecting the Submit a Crime Tip on the Cranston Police Department website.