WOONSOCKET – A 21-year-old city man faces felony domestic assault charges in an attack that left his 24-year girlfriend in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital and shattered the holiday season for her family and friends.
Emmanuel Algaria of 316 Manville Road, was sent to the ACI in lieu of $10,000 surety bail following the alleged Dec. 13 assault, according to police.
Police have declined comment on the specifics of the case while the victim has remained at Rhode Island Hospital undergoing treatment for reported head injuries.
Friends of the victim reported she suffered a severe beating causing head trauma that required her hair to be shaved off as her treatment continued at Rhode Island Hospital.
Four close friends concerned that she would awaken to find her hair cut, also shaved their heads in a showing of support, according to friends of the group.
Isa Marie, 19, and Samira Perez, 21, two sisters who know the victim as a neighbor of Isa Marie at 316 Manville Road, said on Sunday they had heard her condition is improving although she suffered seizures last week and remains hospitalized.
“She was our neighbor and we would see her walking up and down the stairs, Isa Marie said.
The sisters said Algaria and the victim have a young son together and seemed like a happy couple.
“She is nice and she was always home with her son,” Isa Marie said.
The couple did not appear to be having problems before the incidents of the night of Dec. 13, and Isa Marie said she was surprised to learn of the victim’s injuries.
“They sounded like the perfect couple, but you never know what happens behind closed doors—you really don’t know what is going on,” she said.
Algaria was reported to have taken the victim to Landmark Medical Center after her injuries occurred and she was subsequently transported to Rhode Island Hospital were she was said to remain undergoing treatment on Sunday.
Since she was hospitalized, the victim’s son has been cared for by family members as another sad reminder of the domestic incident, according to her neighbors. “It’s the holidays, she should be with her son and her family,” Isa Marie said.
Samira, who was over at her sister’s apartment with her son Samuel, 1, said she also could not understand how such a tragic turn of events had occurred the night of Dec. 13.
“They were so happy, I wouldn’t have thought it would have been them in that situation,” Samira said.
The victim is well-known in the city and her four closest friends, Jessica, Vanessa, Amara, and Diserre, were so concerned about her injuries they decided to cut their hair so she wouldn’t feel bad when she woke up at the hospital, the sisters said.
“She loved her hair and they didn’t want her to go through that by herself,” Samira said.
A photo of the friends with their haircuts was posted on Facebook while the victim remained at Rhode Island Hospital this week.
Someone involved in a domestic situation should let other people know so that they can get help, Samira said. “Talk to someone so they can help you get out of it,” she said.
Her sister Isa Marie offered the same advice. “Let people know. If you have friends, let them know and don’t keep it yourself,” she said.