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Police Investigating Random Assault against Newport Woman

Anyone with information about the incident contact Detective Michaud at (401) 845-5775 or call the anonymous TIPS line at (401)846-2606.

The Newport Police Department is investigating what appears to be a random assault against a 42-year-old Newport woman that occurred around 9:45 p.m. on Friday night.

Police official said the woman was walking her dog near Murphy Field at Carroll Avenue and Ruggles Avenue when the suspect got out of a car and assaulted her.

The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic female between 15 to 18 years old with should-length black hair.

According to police reports, the woman suffered minor injuries and refused medical attention.

The suspect was a passenger in the car and was the only person who was involved in the assault, Lt. William Fitzgerald said.

Detectives have several leads and are continuing to investigate the incident.

Fitzgerald said detectives do not believe the incident is connected to other rumored and assaults recently reported throughout the City, which prompted City Manger Jane Howington to call a press conference addressing the issue.

Police have requested that anyone with information about the incident contact Detective Michaud at (401) 845-5775 or call the anonymous TIPS line at (401)846-2606.

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John Weisley October 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sounds like gang initiation. The kid is probably not from Aquidneck Island, and most likely from Fall River or Providence. People don't realize how many young joyriders come to Newport from Fall River and Providence. I had a friend who was assaulted 6 years ago by some kids from Fall River. He was hit by a lead pipe to the head, needed more than 40 staples. Two summers ago, the police arrested a young man in front of my house for attacking a random person with a piece of scrap wood. The young man had taken the bus from Providence to Newport to go swimming on the Elm Street Pier. There isn't really a "solution" to the problem of random assaults. But we can definitely work together to stop gang related random assaults. Putting up cameras on Thames street might yield important evidence. That way we can figure out which cars are joyriding on what days, look for patterns, etc..
KC1019 October 15, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Could this be related to the incident involving a Salve Student last week? In the same area and almost the same exact situation... attacked randomly while walking...
patsfan October 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
How many attacks have occurred? Because I feel like this is being made to look like this is just random acts, when clearly it is not. These little scumbag thugs need to be found and prosecuted to the highest level. hate crimes and perhaps attempted murder on that one gentleman that was severely assaulted. I hope they do catch the dirtbag girl that attacked this 42 year old mother of two. I wonder how she would feel if someone did this to one of her loved ones ( if she has any). I certainly know If she had come across me or my mom she would be one sorry little thug, preying on the wrong person. These kids will come across the wrong person soon. Hopefully sooner than later. I am disgusted and disheartened that no one seems to be able to catch these hoodlums! Wake up Newport. And hate to say it but these kids don't need to be bused in to create havoc here. There are plenty of kids that live in Newport that very easily could do this to any of us!
Lmw October 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
What are the newport police doing about this?? All I seem to see is officers texting on the job, watching construction projects or managing tour buses. And sadly they aren't even doing that well.
Dan Anton October 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I agree with patsfan. How is this going to be solved? Lmw, I don't agree with your police department accusations but something does have to be done. We all need to stand up and call our local state reps and ask what they are going to do about this. Does someone have to get killed to bring attention to all of the unprovoked beatings that have been happening in Newport lately?? Instead of reacting to something much worse, I want to hear that we prevented anymore crimes. I don't want to hear that people are scared to leave their homes at night because they might get mugged outside their home.
Jim L October 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Lmw, are you the guy who's going to go to the aide of this woman? It's not good to comment on those who run to help others, that mount and run to the sounds of guns to help anyway
VKQuinn October 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thanks God I moved to NK last year!
AR October 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
As one who does mount and run to the sounds of guns, I agree with the comments posted by LMW. The lack of active Police presence in Newport is disgraceful! The taxpaying citizens of Newport should not tolerate such an inadequate performance record from our Police. Our Police department is, unfortunately, most visible as that of ticket enforcement and traffic control. When confronted with crime (e.g. assaults) they have no idea what to do. One only needs to read the article from Monday’s Newport Daily News, regarding the Assault at Murphy Field in which the Police are proud that they are using social media to fight crime. How about using proven police tactics, presence patrols (on foot) and keeping the general populous of Newport aware of crime? Simply put, citizens of Newport, wake up! Realize that the city is quickly being populated by non- residents, who have no regard for the common decency of life, for which this community has so long been admired. Our Police must practice Police techniques which have proven effective. Rather than producing revenue through the issuance of tickets. Police, do your duty, honor your proud history, keep our citizens safe.
AR October 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
If Newport is going to continue to accept the section 8 housing applicants from throughout the state as well as not enforcing truancy laws of local schools, then no one should be surprised as to the recent rash of assaults and other petty crimes. What we have is a Quality of Life issue. Newport has long been the dumping ground of the State’s public housing conundrum. One only need look at the Point section to understand the frustration of residents in the petty crimes (yard walkthroughs, noise violations, graffiti, vehicle vandalism) coupled with the crime blotter in the local printed media, in which an overwhelmingly high number of arrests are to be found in Bayside Village. Does the housing authority not police Bayside apartments. Are there no penalties for repeat offenders/ law violators which live in section 8 housing?
Garfield Adams October 16, 2012 at 07:59 PM
In some of the big-city housing projects, if a member of any household commits a crime, that entire household is booted out and has to go actually pay market price for an apartment or be homeless. There is no reason why section 8 housing should be allowed to be a safe haven for criminal activity, as its inhabitants will just prey on the surrounding community and then retreat to the safety of their lawless haven. It's time to have police foot patrols around all the housing projects, and to respond to lawlessness with overwhelming force.
Lmw October 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Run to the sounds of guns or the sounds of overtime Jim L?
Lmw October 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
As AR notes, if the State is going to continue to burden Newport with the constant influx of Section 8 and transitional residents( halfway houses) then we should demand an increase in Police officers. We are getting big city issues( criminals) and attempting to deal with this with small town mentality politics/ Police. Enough is enough. Enable the Police to fight crime not generate revenue.
G White October 17, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Wait until Paiva-Weed puts slot machines in the Newport Grand everyone. If you think it's bad now........................................................
AR October 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Don’t' even get me started on the trashy tourist element that Newport has been attracting in recent years. Really, don’t we have enough t shirt stores? Thankfully, we have a down town porn shop, Wild Orchid, for both tourists and residents to enjoy year round. What a disaster! Come on Newport, get a town planner who's been over the bridge and seen what Newport could be / once was.
Lmw October 17, 2012 at 06:12 PM
AR. I think you should run for mayor! This town has become a total sell out. What happened to that quaint seaside town of years past? It's becoming a circus, or worse the jersey shore!!!

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