Teens charged with felony assault, conspiracy following fight at party in Burrillville


BURRILLVILLE – Two teenagers accused of assaulting a group of friends as they tried to leave a party, fracturing the skull of an 18-year-old Providence man and breaking the nose of another 18-year-old from Johnston, are now facing multiple felonies.

Anthony Senesi, 19, of Harrisville, and Brayden Gauvin, 18, of Hope, have each been charged with two counts of felony assault, and one count each of felony conspiracy, vandalism and disorderly conduct for their involvement in an incident that reportedly took place on Wednesday, August 13.

According to the arrest reports, a group of five friends, ranging in age from 17 to 18-years-old, all from surrounding towns outside of Burrillville, first spoke with police after seeking medical attention at the Oakland Mapleville Fire Department. Two men in the group were injured and told police they had come from a party on Steere Farm Road, which they said they had learned about on Snapchat.

The group told police that Senesi had kissed the one female in their group, a 17-year-old from North Providence, and soon after he began trying to get her to go home with him and harassing her. The group decided it was time to leave the party, but said three men followed them outside and forcibly stopped them, then began throwing punches, also kicking their vehicle as they eventually escaped from the scene.

Records from Rhode Island Hospital later confirmed that one victim suffered a broken nose, while the other had a fractured skull.

Police were able to identify Senesi and Gauvin from the information provided, and victims later identified the suspects in a photo lineup. The third suspect, described as a white male with red hair, had not been identified at the time of the report.

Gauvin was reportedly arrested on Friday August 18 at another party in North Smithfield, and Senesi was brought in the same day.

During questioning, both men initially denied being involved in a fight, but told police stories that did not match up. Senesi had multiple scrapes and bruises on his right knuckles, according to police.

Senesi and Gauvin were arraigned in 6th District Court and release on a $20,000 surety bond. Both are due back in court on Friday, Nov. 24.

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