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Shooting suspect back in jail after bar fight

October 2, 2011

WOONSOCKET – A man charged with shooting at an occupied car on Florida Street July 14 was back in police custody Thursday after allegedly being involved in a bar fight at Brews and Cues on Rathbun Street.
Justin R. Menard, 26, of 20 Fifth Ave., Woonsocket, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault, simple assault and battery and resisting arrest after he was located by police at 11:24 p.m. Thursday.
The Brews and Cues disturbance occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the 42 Rathbun St. establishment, according to Det. Eugene Jalette, the police department’s spokesman, who noted that an initial investigation has pointed to Menard as a lead aggressor in the incident. The department’s investigation of the bar melee is continuing, Jalette said.
“There are a lot of things going on with this case,” Jalette said, adding that warrants have already been obtained by police for additional arrests.
Menard had turned himself into police on Sept. 7 in connection with the July 14 shooting incident on Florida Street and was released on bail following his arraignment in court on two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, Jalette said.
Menard was alleged to have exited a large white vehicle that stopped in front of a BMW occupied by two people at the intersection of Florida and Robinson Street and fired a handgun at the front of the car, striking it several times. The driver of the BMW was reported to have been struck twice by the gunfire and backed away from the location quickly, causing the BMW to crash into a nearby home. The BMW’s driver fled into the lower level of the home after the crash and was later transported by a friend to Landmark Medical Center for treatment of his wounds. The female passenger of the BMW was not reported hurt in the incident.
Police obtained a warrant for Menard’s arrest after investigating the incident, which led to him turning himself in on the charges on Sept. 7. The new charges against Menard could result in a bail violation hearing but that remained undetermined Friday night, according to police.

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