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Foot chase ends in alleged assault of RISD officers

Two Rhode Island School of Design public safety officers were assaulted during a foot chase Tuesday night, according to a police report.

Luis Mendoza, 20, was wanted for breaking and entering when the chase began, according to Providence Police.

The PPD officers who got a call about the chase saw Mendoza running through brush. The pair climbed onto a nearby roof to chase Mendoza into the woods, according to the report. Police then chased him over a ledge and into a parking lot, where he hid under a car.

Mendoza attempted to escape from under the car, but once additional officers arrived, he was arrested "after a brief struggle," the report said.

Mendoza was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for unidentified injuries. Police charged him with two counts of simple assault, and were informed after the chase that he had allegedly assaulted the RISD officers.

RISD's Department of Public Safety declined to comment Wednesday.


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