Newport Police Investigating Attempted Robbery

The following is based on reports from the Newport Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

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. 

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Deb October 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Jen - People should not have to move from a house they have owned for 15 years or move from a town we have lived in their whole life. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents lived here their whole life too. We, as tax payers and property owners demanded to be protected from these low life thugs who think they go around stealing from kids, assaulting people and causing property damage. Also, there is no mention of the 14 year old girl who was with the boys (in this article) Saturday night as they left a birthday party walking up Van Zandt.
Leena October 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Why do they have to be "getto"..... Meaning coming from low income housing? Why do we have to be singled out as such? When in Rogers, the kids coming from low income, for the most part, got the better grades because they wanted out of the stereotype. I now have two preteen boys & have moved out of park holm. But its sad to see the prejudice still rampant.
Jen Martins October 24, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Deb....there comes a point where you say it doesn't matter how long family has lived in one place, if it was my kid that kept getting attacked, I would put my kid first and make him be in a safer place. I dont care what anyone says, my kids safety comes first. Leena....sorry for the "getto" comment. I didnt meant to single anyone out. Its an issue that needs to be fixed before someone gets killed
Deb October 24, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Jen - Moving doesn't solve the problem, the police need to solve the crimes. The crimes are happening from one end of town to the other, so if you live anywhere in between it could happen to any of us. I'm speaking from personal experience and those are FACT
theresa heath October 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I thnk if the parents of these kids r held liable for there kids actions then maybe some parents will step up and take care of these bad ass kids..whether ghetto or not! White or black parents need to be more involved with there kids!!!!!


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