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Lost cellphone leads to charges

April 14, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man who was using a GPS device to hunt down his missing cellphone was threatened with a handgun after he followed the trail to a Second Avenue apartment, police said.
Kelvin Trovon Eason, 22, allegedly pointed a .177-caliber, gas-powered pistol directly at the victim’s head from a doorway on the third floor of 89 Second Ave.
A second man was allegedly pistol-whipped when he tried to help the first, but police said they brought no charges in that case because the victim was unable to identify his assailant.
The incident took place about 2:50 a.m. Friday, after a 33-year-old man realized he’d left his cellphone at the Cumberland Farms on South Main Street.
Using a GPS navigation device, he zeroed in on a three-family at 89 Second Ave. as the location of the phone and began knocking on doors. The man, who went to the apartment alone, told police he was familiar with the location because he had friends who used to live there.
When Eason answered the door, the man said he began inquiring about the missing phone and Eason began yelling, swearing and ordering him to leave, denying any knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts. When the man persisted, Eason allegedly grabbed a black handgun and pointed it directly at his forehead head from a few feet away.
The victim left the apartment unharmed, but he didn’t give up on his phone, or 89 Second Ave., for the night. He told police he drove to the home of a friend who used to live in the apartment to ask for help. He said he thought his friend might know the occupants of the third-story apartment and that he would have better luck with them.
He didn’t. Police reports say the second man to go upstairs after the phone was pistol-whipped by someone in the apartment and turned back empty-handed.
When police arrived, they found the .177-caliber handgun on a hutch in the living room, they said. They did not find the missing cellphone.
The man who initially went to the apartment looking for the phone made a positive identification of Eason as the person who pointed a gun at him. Police said he was one of eight people in the apartment, including one woman and eight men in their 20s and 30s.
The apartment was not Eason’s residence, police said. He told police he lives at 371 Third Ave.
In addition to the felony assault charge, Eason had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a Sixth District Court hearing associated with a 2012 charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to police.
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