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Middletown Police Log: Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Domestic Assault Charges Filed

The following information is based on Middletown Police Department records and do not indicate any convictions.

The reported the following recent arrests from Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011:

Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest

Oneka Ardrey, 31, of 50 Park Holm, Newport, was arrested Thursday around 1:50 a.m. on charges of shoplifting and resisting arrest.

According to the arrest report, police responded to the on East Main Road for a report of a woman leaving the store with a portable digital LCD television valued at $130. Upon arrival, the night manager alleged the suspect was Ardrey, based on video footage of her leaving the store with the TV and on a prescription she had just picked up that night.

Police from the Middletown and Newport police departments who responded to her home reported that Ardrey answered the door wearing the same clothing that was visible in the store video. At the police officers’ request she allowed the investigators into her home to look for the television. In a closet without doors, a police officer saw a box matching the description of the TV reported as stolen and Ardrey told police that she had bought the TV last Christmas but did not know where it was.

Police seized the empty box and TV a car adaptor that was still in its original packaging that matched a photo on the empty TV box.

As police attempted to bring Ardrey outside to arrest her, she allegedly began to scream and swing her arms, resulting in the additional misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. 

Domestic Assault

John R. Taylor, 41, of 172 Prospect Ave., Middletown, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a misdemeanor charge of domestic simple assault.

According to the arrest report, a 36-year-old Middletown woman filed a police report on Wednesday alleging that when she returned home on Oct. 3, Taylor woke up to discuss their marital problems, then became angry, and allegedly struck her on the right side of her face with a closed fist. The woman also alleged that when she attempted to get away, he threw her on the bed, began to choke her and threatened to kill her. When she almost passed out, he stopped, according to the police report.

At the time of his arrest, Taylor provided police with a restraining order he had filed against his wife in Family Court earlier that day, police reported.

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