A 24-year-old woman in Rhode Island has been arrested in connection to a brutal incident of road rage involving a group of ATV and dirt bike riders who allegedly dragged a woman from her vehicle and savagely beat her in the street.
The 35-year-old woman was with her 8-year-old daughter, a friend, and a puppy when she was assaulted. Her attacker, Shyanne Boisvert, has been charged with simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct.
The attack occurred around 11 p.m. The victim was sitting behind a group of 10 ATV and dirt bike riders when the light turned green. They did not move, so she honked her horn at them.
After stopping at another light, the group surrounded the woman’s vehicle. They forced open the driver’s door and dragged her into the street where they began to mercilessly beat her. Cellphone footage appears to show the victim on her knees in the street as she was pummeled by her assailants. After they were done with the woman, they took their ATVs and bikes and left her in the road.
#EXCLUSIVE: Video shows the brutal attack on a woman who was pulled from her car by ATV/dirt bike riders Tuesday night.
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Boisvert was taken into custody after the police were notified by detectives that she had called into the station on an unrelated matter.
The police know her well. She was one of three people busted in January after a Cranston officer was pushed, surrounded, and run over while he was responding to dozens of “recklessly driven motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles” according to the Boston Globe. Boisvert was accused of pushing the officer.
Local leaders were shocked and horrified over the attack which is only one incident that is part of a violent crime wave sweeping Providence.
“As local leaders, we owe it to our community to create systems which ensure that our city is a safe place to live and work. A woman driving in her car with her infant child should not have to fear being a victim of brutal physical violence,” declared Providence Councilman David Salvatore in a statement. “The gun violence, the physical attacks, and reckless behavior of individuals in our city have resulted in grief, loss, and fear in our community. It is time for the city to take decisive action to put a stop to this senseless violence and better serve the people trying to make a home in the city of Providence.”
City Council President John Igliozzi sent a letter on Thursday to Gov. Dan McKee (D) urging him to let Rhode Island State Police troopers assist Providence Police.
“This wave of violent crime is unacceptable, and we need to act immediately to restore public safety and make our city’s residents once again feel safe walking and sitting outside in their own neighborhoods,” Igliozzi wrote. “Like the rest of Rhode Island, the capital city re-opened in recent months as the pandemic improved, and residents and visitors alike have resumed dining out, listening to live music, and patronizing our small businesses.”
“Unfortunately, our police department is stretched thin, with only 400 police officers, down from the approximately 500 officers we had during the period Providence successfully implemented community policing — one of the main drivers behind the decline in violent crime in the city during the 2000s,” the letter contended.
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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza bluntly described the assault as “awful.”
He vowed that the city will dedicate all available resources to get “illegal ATVs off our streets and to bring those responsible to justice.”
We had an awful incident in our city last night that left a young woman shaken and injured. We will continue to dedicate all our available resources to getting these illegal ATVs off our streets and to bring those responsible to justice.
— Jorge Elorza (@Jorge_Elorza) August 4, 2021
“Our police department has seized and destroyed over 200 bikes and we will continue to pull over and arrest people who are using these bikes illegally,” Elorza announced.
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