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Police Make Arrest in Alleged Robbery

The suspect was charged with first-degree robbery and crack cocaine possession.

Newport police have arrested the man suspected of robbing a Newport woman early this morning at the intersection of Gould Street and Congdon Avenue, officials said late Wednesday afternoon.

William Thomas, 33, of Middletown, was charged with first-degree robbery and possession of crack cocaine.

According to reports, he allegedly followed the 28-year-old victim home after she left Pour Judgement around 1 a.m. He pushed her down and stole her wallet before fleeing the scene in a car with another woman. 

Read the full report here.

During the robbery, the victim broke off the side-view mirror of the car. Thomas later went looking for the mirror at the Newport Police Department, claiming a fighting couple had knocked it off.

Police found his story to be suspicious, seized his car and took Thomas in for questioning. He was subsequently arrested.

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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the1 January 31, 2013 at 01:50 PM
crack not only kills, but makes you incredibly stupid. This idiot Thomas handed himself right to the police.. well done, case closed and the police can move on to removing more of these low lifes off the streets!
portsmouthgirl63 January 31, 2013 at 04:05 PM
I always find it funny when dumb criminals help to get themselves arrested. They should put a sign above the entrance to the Police Dept. that says "If you've done something wrong, enter here.".....lol
Hairsonfire January 31, 2013 at 05:54 PM
It certainly is interesting living on Gould Street. I need to find a less interesting street to live on . . .
SPARTACUS January 31, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Hasn't the NPD been warned about this area by its residents? The last time we heard about Gould St, the story involved a murder. I would think a couple of well placed beat cops could stem this nonsense. Or does their contract preclude them from walking? I don't think I have ever seen a cop on foot in this town. But then again, "Newport doesn't have a crime problem". I've had enough of this dump. This town is broken. Good luck everyone.
Mike Cullen February 01, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Social media users -- http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y63FGK2 -- This is a KnowingNewport survey for Newport residents or those who work in Newport. This brief survey is patterned after a survey from the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement which is dedicated to helping local governments measure, compare, and improve municipal service delivery. "This survey gathers data on citizen satisfaction indicators because one of the underlying purposes of community policing is to improve the perception of safety and neighborhood quality of life. These indicators are by no means the only examples of possible community policing performance measurements." For more information on Community Oriented Policing, consult this U.S. Dept of Justice primer: http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/cp_explained.pdf
ralph February 04, 2013 at 02:05 PM
All the more reason to protect yourself with a carry and conceal weapon of choice.
ÅfrîcanVîolët February 06, 2013 at 08:59 AM
You can get a legal form of combination tear gas/pepper spray with ultraviolet dye from any gun or police supply store. I've used it to catch a person who assaulted me. They were sprayed in the eyes and rendered blind but the dye allowed police to further identify them. Low life crack head! Get a job!

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