Police Arrest Salve Student For Alleged Rabbit Killing
The following information was provided by the Newport Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
Nicholas A. Coyle, 19, of 2143 Burke Place, Merrick, N.Y., was arrested on Nov. 16 on charges of felony malicious killing of an animal and cruelty to animals in connection with allegations of killing a rabbit with a hockey stick and using the body as a puck.
On Nov. 10, the Newport Police Department was notified by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals concerning the allegations.
The incident occurred on Nov. 4 at 24 Middleton Ave., Newport. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals provided a possible suspect and assisted the Newport Police Department in the investigation.
Upon being notified of the incident, the Newport Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division immediately conducted an investigation.
The investigation provided information of a suspect in the malicious killing of an animal. An arrest warrant was obtained from Newport District Court on Nov. 16. The suspect was arrested at Hunt Hall at Salve Regina University.
Coyle was arraigned late in the afternoon at Newport District Court and was provided a court date of Dec. 22 and was released on bail.
The above reports detail arrests made by the Newport Police Department. Descriptions of all events are based solely on police officer reports provided to Patch.