Two East Providence residents were among 30 people picked up in an early-morning warrant sweep throughout Rhode Island on Wednesday, Sept. 4, by the RI State Police, the RI Sheriffs Division, and U.S. Marshals.
Samantha Boillard, 28, and George Hernandez, 51, were arrested on body attachments issued by the RI Family Court for failing to appear for proceedings or failure to pay child support, according to a State Police press release.
Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, made the announcement. Col. O’Donnell said that members of the State Police Detective and Uniform Bureaus, in coordination with the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs and United States Marshals Service made the 30 arrests.
The 26 individuals arrested on Family Court warrants collectively owe $367,724.37 in child support payments.
In addition to the individuals arrested for the Family Court body attachments, three individuals were arrested for Superior Court warrants and one person was arrested for a warrant issued by the Third Division District Court.
One individual was also arraigned as a Fugitive from Justice from the State of Connecticut on original charges of escape from custody.
All of the subjects arrested were processed at State Police Headquarters and transported to the appropriate courts.
Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell stated, “I want to commend our troopers and sheriffs for facilitating this operation and bringing these defendants to court to face their debt. It is unfortunate that this was necessary to ensure that they meet the obligations that they have to their families.”