Man, woman both ar­rested in stab­bing in­ci­dent

Woonsocket Call - - FRONT PAGE - By RUSS OLIVO ro­[email protected]­et­call.com

WOONSOCKET – Two peo­ple are be­ing held at the state pri­son af­ter a man was twice stabbed in the back by a girl­friend who had a re­strain­ing or­der against him.

Jen­nifer Lee La­pointe, 43, and Alan Fer­reira, 49, both of 401 Ber­non St., were ar­rested af­ter po­lice re­sponded to their apart­ment about 11 Tues­day night. Po­lice said La­pointe told them she grabbed a knife in the midst of a heated ar­gu­ment with Fer­reira and stabbed him, at which point he fled the apart­ment.

Po­lice looked for Fer­reira in the neigh­bor­hood, to no avail. Af­ter tak­ing La­pointe into cus­tody, how­ever, they made a point of leav­ing the apart­ment door un­locked, sus­pect­ing he’d re­turn.

About 90 min­utes later, po­lice cir­cled back to 401 Ber­non St. and found the doors

not as they’d left them, but locked. No one an­swered when they knocked, so they forced their way in and found Fer­reira in a bed­room closet, “in­tox­i­cated and un­co­op­er­a­tive,” ac­cord­ing to Of­fi­cer Evan Puopolo’s re­port.

Fer­reira had two stab wounds – one in his neck and an­other in his lower back. He was trans­ported by res­cue squad to Land­mark Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where he was treated for his in­juries and dis­charged to po­lice cus­tody.

De­spite an ac­tive court or­der pro­hibit­ing him from hav­ing any con­tact with La­pointe, she told po­lice the two of them were in­volved in “a sub­stan­tive re­la­tion­ship,” ac­cord­ing to re­ports. But Fer­reira gave an­other story, telling in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was just vis­it­ing a rel­a­tive on the third floor of the Ber­non Street multi-fam­ily when he ran into La­pointe, who lives down­stairs. He said their re­la­tion­ship was on ice, but La­pointe of­fered him an ul­ti­ma­tum.

“We are ei­ther stay­ing to­gether or you’re dy­ing,” La­pointe al­legedly told him.

Fer­reira said he was try­ing to leave the build­ing when La­pointe stabbed him from be­hind.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports and court records, Fer­reira has an ex­ten­sive po­lice record of nar­cotics of­fenses, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and re­lated crimes. The lat­est charge rep­re­sents his third of­fense for vi­o­lat­ing a no con­tact or­der.

When Fer­reira ap­peared in Sixth Dis­trict Court Wed­nes­day, a judge set bail on the charge at $5,000 with surety, but Fer­reira was or­dered held as a pro­ba­tion vi­o­la­tor at the Adult Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tions on a 2016 con­vic­tion for felony do­mes­tic as­sault, ac­cord­ing to the ju­di­ciary’s web site.

The judge set bail for La­pointe, who has no prior crim­i­nal his­tory, at $2,500 with surety, or $250 cash. She, too, was re­manded to the ACI, how­ever, ap­par­ently be­cause she was un­able to post the nec­es­sary sum to be re­leased.

Fer­reira is due back in court on Dec. 19.

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