Woman arrested after Federal Hill assault

Woman arrested after Federal Hill assault


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A woman was arrested Saturday following an alleged assault on Federal Hill that Providence police said involved a cinder block and a high-heeled shoe.

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According to a spokesperson for the city, police were called to the 200 block of Atwells Avenue for a person who was found bleeding from the head.

When officers arrived, the victim was disoriented and didn’t know who attacked him.

Surveillance video given to police by Opa Restaurant showed a woman, later identified as 31-year-old Ashley Soto Morales, arguing with the victim as he was trying to back out of a parking space, according to the spokesperson.

At some point during the altercation, two men started hitting the victim in his head. Police said “Morales then hit the victim in the head with her high heel shoe and struck him in the face with a cinder block.”

The victim appeared to lose consciousness after suffering injuries to his head and face, the city spokesperson said. The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment.

Morales was arrested after she was identified by a bystander.

The assault remains under investigation.

Rick Simone, president of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, told 12 News on Sunday that Opa “had nothing to do with this incident.”

“The information that we’ve received and understand from the police department is that this is from a resident that had an issue with someone that just had a parked car and really escalated
a situation that became a very unfortunate situation,” Simone said.