Man, woman charged with bur­glary

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE jbis­son­[email protected]­tuck­et­times.com

PAWTUCKET – Two peo­ple were in­dicted on Wednesday for their roles in a knife point bur­glary last Au­gust af­ter they al­legedly forced their way into a New­port Av­enue home, ac­cord­ing to Pawtucket Po­lice and the Attorney Gen­eral’s Of­fice.

Deb­o­rah Testa, 44, of Cranston and Steven Silva, 56, of no ad­dress listed, were each charged with bur­glary, break­ing and en­ter­ing, as­sault with a dan­ger­ous weapon, and con­spir­acy, ac­cord­ing to the AG’s Of­fice. The Prov­i­dence County Grand Jury re- ported out the in­dict­ments on Wednesday.

Around 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 7, 2018, Pawtucket Po­lice were dis­patched to 1377 New­port Ave. for a re­ported as­sault in­volv­ing a knife, po­lice said at the time. As they ar­rived at the scene, of­fi­cers talked to the vic­tim, who said that two sus­pects – a man and a woman that she knew – al­legedly forced their way into her home. One of the sus­pects, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Testa, al­legedly bran­dished a steak knife and grabbed the vic­tim, ask­ing “Where is it?”

The vic­tim told po­lice she didn’t know what it was that

the two sus­pects were look­ing for.

Af­ter a brief strug­gle, the woman was able to escape and ran to a neigh­bor’s house

for help, po­lice said. The vic­tim suf­fered a small lac­er­a­tion to her right fore­arm dur­ing the scuf­fle but de­clined med­i­cal treat­ment, po­lice said. Testa and the man – iden­ti­fied by po­lice as Silva, then of 60 Grove St., Apt. 2 in Lin­coln – then fled the scene.

About three hours later, around 12:05 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2018, po­lice were dis­patched

to Par­ents Ma­rina on Tim Healey Way for a re­ported dis­tur­bance. Upon ar­riv­ing at this scene, the of­fi­cers found the al­leged sus­pects from the New­port Av­enue home in­va­sion. Testa had a lac­er­a­tion to the left side of her face and Silva had suf­fered a stab wound to his chest, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to witnesses,

Silva and Testa were ar­gu­ing when Silva ap­proached Testa and Testa then stabbed him in the chest. Silva then at­tempted to drive away, when Testa tried to get in the car and was al­legedly struck by the open door as Silva backed up, po­lice said. Silva and Testa were taken into cus­tody and trans­ported to Rhode Is­land Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment of their in-

ju­ries, which po­lice de­scribed as mi­nor.

Testa and Silva are sched­uled to be ar­raigned in Prov­i­dence County Su­pe­rior Court on Jan. 23, the AG’s Of­fice said.

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