By Max Bowenemail@example.com
A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 3-4 years in state prison following a conviction on armed robbery and other charges.
Luis Adorno, 38, of Providence, R.I., was sentenced by Judge Raffi Yessayam, according to a statement issued by the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III. In addition to the prison time, Adorno will serve two years on probation.
“The defendant is a threat to public safety with a history of committing serious crimes,” Quinn said in the statement. “A state prison sentence was warranted.”
According to information provided by the DA’s office, Adorno plead guilty in Fall River Superior Court on Dec. 21 to charges of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, operating a motor vehicle to endanger, larceny and unlawful removal of an anti-theft device.
On July 5, 2019, Adorno was confronted inside the Walmart in North Attleborough and was asked to provide a receipt for a 43-inch TV he was carting out of the store. He refused, removed the theft detection device and fled the store. Adorno came back to the same store two days later and stole two 55-inch televisions.
On July 8, a Walmart manager in Seekonk told police that he confronted Adorno as he was in the process of stealing a 55-inch television. Once confronted, Adorno pulled a knife and said, “Come at me.” The manager allowed him to load the television into his vehicle, but recorded the event on his cell phone. As Adorno was fleeing in his vehicle, he attempted to strike the manager.
On July 9, a Swansea Police Officer saw Adorno driving his Honda Element on Route 6. When the officer attempted to stop him, Adorno gave the officer the middle finger and then drove directly at the cruiser, missing it by inches. He then drove over a median and toward the Rhode Island border at 100 MPH. Adorno was seen swerving in and out of traffic during rush hour and drove for a distance in the breakdown lane. The police chase was cut off near the Rhode Island border for safety reasons.
The defendant was eventually arrested in Rhode Island after committing similar offenses in that state.