Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Peter PIANTDOSI (Disorderly, Resisting)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, I, Officer David Ruf, was in full-uniform and assigned to marked cruiser East-1, for the Somerville Police Department. At approximately 1:32 P.M., Officer McCarey and Officer Costa (East-4) were dispatched to 1XX Broadway for a dispute between an MBTA bus driver and a passenger.

Upon my arrival, Officer McCarey and Officer Costa had a male, later identified as Peter Piantidosi, and female bus driver, later identified as XXXX, separated. Officer McCarey was speaking with Mr. Piantidosi and I attempted to speak to Ms. XXXX about what happened, see Officer Mccarey’s supplement for an account of events. I spoke with Ms. XXXX who stated that a vehicle bearing Massachusetts registration XXXX, was blocking the bus stop. She attempted to back up to no avail. Ms. Prior stated a passenger, later identified XXXXX, got off the bus and attempted to knock on the window of the vehicle for it to move so the bus could pull into the spot. Ms. XXXX stated that an argument broke out between her and Mr. Piantidosi and she got back on the bus and awaited the arrival of the police. I then spoke to Mr. XXXXX who stated that he did in fact get off the bus, knocked on the passenger side widow in an attempt to have the vehicle moved. Mr. XXXX stated that Mr. Piantidosi came out of the business located at 1XX Broadway and said don’t touch the car. Mr. XXXX stated at this point that Ms. XXXX let him back on the bus and she closed the doors. I then spoke to another passenger, later identified as XXXX, who stated that an argument did take place between Ms. XXXX and Mr. Piantidosi. Ms. XXXX stated that Ms. XXXX asked Mr. Piantidosi to move the car and she stated that Mr. Piantidosi screamed at Ms. XXXX stating you don’t know how to drive.

After speaking to the bus driver and passengers, I attempted to speak to Mr. Piantidosi about what had taken place. Immediately attempting to speak with him he was loud boisterous about the parking spot and the bus stop. I told him numerous times to lower his voice so I could speak with him. Mr. Piantidosi continued his tumultuous behavior by flailing his arms and continued yelling. Mr. Piantidosi stepped towards me squaring his body off chest to chest with me. He continued raising his voice, I instructed him numerous times to step back or he would be arrested for disorderly conduct. It should be noted that at this point numerous passengers were off the bus and there was small crowd gathered watching the exchange between officers and Mr. Piantidosi. My attention got drawn back to the bus driver for a moment, when I turned back to Officer McCarey and Mr. Piantidosi, Officer McCarey stated take your hand out of my face or you will be arrested. Mr. Piantidosi then stated “then just arrest me” at which time Officer McCarey grab Mr. Piantidosi’s right wrist and I grabbed his left wrist in an attempt to place him into custody. Mr. Piantidosi tensed his body and pulled his arm’s away from officers to resist our efforts to place him into custody. After a brief struggle, officers were able to place Mr. Piantidosi into custody. At about this time Sierra-8 (Sergeant Rego) arrived on scene. Mr. Piantidosi was transported to the Somerville Police Headquarters via unit 200, operated by Officer Hartsgrove, and booked by Lt. Ward. Mr. Piantidosi is being charged with the following;

M.G.L c272 / S53 Disorderly Conduct

M.G.L c268 / S32B Resisting Arrest

Respectfully submitted,

Officer David Ruf #334

Somerville Police Department

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