Police: Man nabbed after striking officer, cruiser while fleeing prostitution sting arrest

By Brian Fraga
Herald News Staff Reporter

FALL RIVER — Police say a Fall River man drove directly at a police officer’s cruiser, injuring the officer, as the man tried to get away from being arrested in an undercover prostitution sting Tuesday night on North Main Street.

Fall River police Officer Derrick Silva tried to avoid the vehicle by jumping in his cruiser, but his left leg was exposed when the 2004 Toyota Corolla crashed into the cruiser’s driver-side door, pinning Silva’s lower left leg, according to court documents.

Silva fell to the ground, holding his left leg in excruciating pain, as the Corolla sped away, blowing through stop signs and ignoring other officers’ commands to stop, according to an incident report filed by Fall River police Sgt. Thomas Mauretti.
Detective Brian Cabral obtained the Corolla’s registration, which enabled police officers to spot the vehicle about 40 minutes later near Tuttle and King Phillip streets. At that time, police successfully pulled the vehicle over and arrested the driver, identified as Sandro Redrovan-Campove, 43, of 792 King Phillip St.
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Two female police officers subsequently identified Redrovan-Campove as the man who had offered to pay them for sex while the officers were working undercover on North Main and Cherry streets, according to court documents.
Redrovan-Campove was released on $1,000 cash bail after his arraignment Wednesday in Fall River District Court. He is charged with seven offenses that include assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, failure to stop for police, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and sexual conduct for a fee.
In his report, Mauretti alleges “it was obvious” that Redrovan-Campove never intended to stop for police officers at the scene who used blue cruiser lights and verbal commands.
“This male suspect was deliberate in his attempt to flee and avoid capture and (accelerated) toward Officer Silva as he retreated inside his cruiser to avoid being struck,” Mauretti wrote. “The male operator at the time knowingly fled the scene after he struck Officer Silva, who as previously stated fell to the ground.”
Police officers and paramedics treated Silva at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to Charlton Memorial Hospital for treatment. Silva’s condition and current duty status were not immediately available. Court documents described Silva’s leg injury as “an apparent minor injury.”
The incident occurred around 7 p.m., when detectives assigned to the police department’s Vice and Intelligence Unit, Major Crimes and Special Operations divisions were targeting “johns” who patronize prostitutes at North Main and Cherry streets. Arrest logs show that police arrested three other men Tuesday night in that area for prostitution-related charges.
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