A sleep-walker, a hit-and-run, and missing adults: Just another day for Barrington police

Saturday, Sept. 4 offers plenty to keep the police busy

Posted 9/9/21

Barrington Police fielded a variety of calls on Saturday, Sept. 4 — some were for complaints, others were for help, and one was for a man who appeared to be impersonating a police …

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A sleep-walker, a hit-and-run, and missing adults: Just another day for Barrington police

Saturday, Sept. 4 offers plenty to keep the police busy

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Barrington Police fielded a variety of calls on Saturday, Sept. 4 — some were for complaints, others were for help, and one was for a man who appeared to be impersonating a police officer. 

The calls started early. At about 4:40 a.m., a Lake Avenue resident called the department said someone was trying to break into the home. 

Police responded to the scene and located the suspect — the man appeared to be disoriented. He was not wearing shoes and was also missing a sock. The man, an East Providence resident, told police he has a problem with sleep-walking and had taken sleep medication earlier that night. 

Police said the man was falling asleep while they spoke with him. He said he was just trying to get home. Police transported the man to a hospital for evaluation. 

A short while later, in a separate incident, police charged Derek A. Andrade, 62, of East Providence, with leaving scene of an accident — damage to attend vehicle. Police said the vehicle Mr. Andrade was driving had struck another vehicle, then hit a no parking sign, and drove onto a lawn. 

Witnesses spotted Mr. Andrade’s vehicle traveling down Federal Road, past the police station, with the no parking sign resting on the hood of the vehicle. Police tracked down Mr. Andrade’s vehicle and later charged him. 

Moments later, a woman stopped into the station to report a dog bite — she said she was walking near the St. Andrew’s Farm Field when two women walking three dogs approached her. The woman said one of the dogs bit her on the left side of her abdomen. She said it did not break the skin. 

At 2 p.m., an employee at a group home on County Road reported one of the residents missing. The man had allegedly gone missing a year earlier also, and was eventually located in Pennsylvania. 

Following that call, police took a report for a past accident — a woman said her vehicle was struck by another vehicle while parked in the Barrington Shopping Center.

At 2:45 p.m., police fielded their second missing persons report of the day. A Fairway Drive resident called 911 to report a missing elderly woman. Police said the 87-year-old woman was located a short time later. She was fine.

At 3 p.m., a Samoset Avenue resident called police to report a fraud scam call. The resident said she received a call from someone claiming to have found her missing cat and wanted to meet her at Hampden Meadows School. The caller said the call sounded suspicious; she asked for police assistance. Officers went to the school, but there was no one else there. The resident later received a text from the same number stating that they had killed the cat. Police told the resident to block the number, believing it might be a hoax.

Then, at 3:45 p.m., police received reports of a man driving through town flashing a police badge at people. Officers located the vehicle — a gold-colored sedan — in the area of Middle Highway and Waverly Road. It was driven by a 44-year-old Riverside resident who told police he was a private detective. 

He said he was checking neighborhoods for stolen veterans license plates. Police ran a check of the man’s ID and found that he was driving with an expired registration. The vehicle was towed and the plates turned over to the DMV. 

Just another day for the Barrington Police.

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