Two police officers in Providence found themselves surrounded by a group of dirt bike riders on Sunday afternoon, according to 12 News. The officers were patrolling near Potters Avenue when they noticed two dirt bike riders driving recklessly down the street. They followed the riders to an industrial park on Dupont Drive where they found around 30 other riders. When the officers tried to approach, the riders scattered, but one man, later identified as 28-year-old Alexander Encarnacion, had trouble starting his bike. The man abandoned his bike and ran, but the officers chased him down and wrestled him to the ground. Encarnacion resisted arrest, and as the officers struggled with him, the other riders returned and began driving towards them aggressively. One officer drew his weapon and loudly warned the riders to stop. Eventually, the officers managed to subdue Encarnacion once backup arrived. It was later discovered that Encarnacion had been riding a stolen dirt bike. He has been charged with resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Providence Mayor Brett Smiley expressed support for the officers and their actions, stating that he would soon be announcing a new strategy to combat the issue of illegal dirt bike riders in the city.

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