Man, woman charged with burglary
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.