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Aggressive Panhandler Punches Cop Outside 7 Eleven

Police said the man allegedly was grabbing people's arms demanding money as they walked out of 7 Eleven.

Newport Police charged William Bundy Collier, 43, of no address specified, Newport, with simple assault and resisting arrest on Monday after he allegedly became violent towards police when they responded to the Broadway 7 Eleven for a report of an aggressive panhandler. 

Police said they were dispatched to the convenience store at about 11:30 p.m. where they found Collier, who was allegedly asking patrons for money and “grabbing the person’s hands or forearm trying to insist for the money,” according to a police report.

Collier told police that he was a chimpanzee from Africa and a few moments later, punched a responding officer in the face. 

A struggle ensued and Collier, who police described as a large male, reportedly exchanged blows with two officers who were finally able to get him to the ground and put on handcuffs.

One officer suffered an injury to his hand and abrasions near his eye.

Collier, who suffered injuries from the arrest, was transported to Newport Hospital.

He was discharged from the hospital a short time later and was brought back to the police station to await arraignment. 

ralph May 14, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Such fine citizens the city has allowed to set up shop. Now they are strong arming customers. Stay tuned for the upcoming muggings, coming to a local Broadway establishment near you.
Dan May 14, 2014 at 08:43 PM
entitlement mentality.
Chmn May 14, 2014 at 11:27 PM
Why are there so many bums, drug dealers and mentally Ill in newport? Are they from out of town or native born? If they are locals, there must be lead in the drinking water. Such a high percentage of dead beats does not bode well for any community. Time to clean house. Send chimp back to Africa.
George Costanza May 15, 2014 at 12:01 AM
We should bulldoze the 711 and Cumberland Farms on Broadway and in their place build an organic holistic fair trade food market and a Bugaboo baby stroller shop. If you price the bums out of Broadway they will move somewhere else. It's the same strategy we used against the Soviets to bring down the Berlin wall.
NPT-res May 28, 2014 at 03:44 PM
As soon as your done paying $65 for dinner and drinks at a Broadway bar, and you walk outside you take your life in your hands. It's pretty sad that the town does NOTHING about this. The real Newport is total WELFARE / GHETTO town. The secret is out!

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