Former employee barricades himself in N.S. pizza shop, charged with felony assault


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A former employee at a North Smithfield pizza shop was arrested this week after witnesses say he barricaded himself inside the business displaying a knife.

Ronald Reed, 33, of North Smithfield was charged with two counts of felony assault and/or battery, weapons other than firearms and disorderly conduct following the incident on Saturday, Feb. 10.

Police were called to the scene of Dominos at Slatersville Plaza around noon for reports that Reed had barricaded himself inside the shop and was armed with a knife. According to police, the first officer on scene made contact with Reed and immediately detained him. 

Witnesses said that Reed had been asked to leave the store and returned a short time later with the weapon, and began locking and barricading doors. Workers were initially stuck behind the barricades, but were eventually able to exit through one of the locked doors. 

Reed was arraigned on Monday, Feb. 12 and bail of $20,000 with surety was set. He has a no contact order with the victims and a no trespass order for the establishment, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8.


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