A Boston police officer’s night out to a strip club with two Rhode Island women ended with the women allegedly stealing his service weapon, according to a Pawtucket, Rhode Island, police report.
Now, the two women, one of which was arrested for prostitution out of the Foxy Lady strip club in December, are facing criminal charges, and the Boston officer, whose identity was redacted out of the report, is said to be on paid leave while his department conducts an internal investigation.
Neish Rivera, 25, of Pawtucket, and Melissa Dacier, 22, of Providence, are both facing felony charges of larceny of a firearm and conspiracy. Dacier faces an additional charge of failure to appear in court or answer a summons, the report says; this charge is unrelated to this incident, The Boston Globe reports.
Rivera was one of three Foxy Lady employees to plead not guilty to the prostitution charges in early January.
At 2:51 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Pawtucket officers responded to the Hampton Inn on George Street for an alleged theft from a vehicle and spoke with the Boston officer, according to the report.
The Boston officer was out in front of the hotel lobby with his gray 2013 BMW 328i when police arrived. The officer told officials that he had locked the weapon, a 40-caliber Glock 22 semi-automatic pistol valued at $5,000, in the glovebox of his car with a cable lock.
The officer said he was visiting Pawtucket to meet a woman named “Natalia,” later identified as Rivera, who he told officers he had been introduced to by a cousin and contacted via Instagram.
According to the report, the two met in the Hampton Inn’s bar and then went to Nara Lounge, a Hookah lounge, bar, and cafe in Providence, where they met up with Dacier, who was Rivera’s friend. They spent a couple hours there before heading to the Cadillac Lounge, a gentlemen’s club also in Providence, the report says. The officer said Rivera had worked at the Cadillac Lounge in the past, but he didn’t know if she still did.
The Boston officer told police he had had the gun on him, but then locked it in the glovebox before going into the Cadillac Lounge. The three “spent some time” there before heading back to the hotel, according to the report.
The two women got into a “verbal altercation” with a man back at the hotel — he accused the two of attempting to steal something, the Boston officer said. He tried to get the three to calm down, which they did.
The officer and two women went back to his hotel room and “hung out,” the report says. Dacier said she needed to charge her phone, and the officer reportedly told her there was a charger in his car and handed her the keys. She returned shortly after and then stepped out to use her phone. After that, Rivera said she needed to leave and the officer walked with her to the lobby. Then Rivera said she was going to contact Dacier and went into the parking lot.
The Boston officer waited, and, when Rivera didn’t return, he looked for her in the parking lot and couldn’t find her, according to the report. He then went to his car and found the glovebox open and the gun missing — the cable lock was on a seat, the keys for which had been in a cup holder. The officer then checked the center console and found the round of ammunition that had been in the gun chamber plus its magazine still there, the report says.
Police attempted to get surveillance footage of the parking lot from the hotel that night but were unsuccessful.
Both women were arraigned Monday in Providence’s Sixth District Court. Bail was set at $5,000 each.