Newport police were dispatched to Hall Avenue and Van Zandt for an attempted robbery on Satuday, Oct. 20.
Around 7:30 p.m., officers arrived at the scene and were met by a group of four boys, three 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old, who said they were approached by another group of men. According to reports, one of the older men told the boys to empty their pockets.
During the incident, one of the 14-year-olds pushed the man away. The man allegedly punched the boy in the face. Both groups dispersed and ran away in difference directions, reports said. No money was stolen.
Police officials said there are strong leads in the case, which is currently under investigation.
It is unknown how many people were in the second group, but police believe they might have also been juveniles.
“We are looking into whether or not it's connected to any other incidents,” Lt. William Fitzgerald said.
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.