Newport police seeking assault suspect

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of assaulting and seriously injuring a Newport man.

According to Newport police, Freddie Hicks is wanted for felony assault.

Police said a 25-year-old man sustained serious head injuries after being brutally attacked last week on Bliss Road. That man, identified as Kyle Kettner, remains in stable condition, according to police.

One neighbor told Eyewitness News Monday that residents in the area are frightened by the attack. That neighbor did not want to go on camera, but he said Kettner “always seemed pretty pleasant.”

Anyone with information about Hicks’ whereabouts should contact Newport Police at (401) 847-1306.

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