Police: Homeowner assaulted during house break-in

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CUMBERLAND, R.I. (WPRI) — A Cumberland school went into lockdown Friday as police searched for a suspect in a nearby house break and assault.

Deputy Police Chief Douglas Ciullo said someone broke into a house on Kent Street around 8:45 a.m.

The homeowner – a man in his late 50s – was assaulted during an encounter. Ciullo said the man suffered minor injuries.

Nearby McCourt Middle School was temporarily locked down because police had K9s working in the area, Ciullo said.

“This is a quiet neighborhood,” said resident Dave Rivard. “Everybody pretty much stays to themselves, and there hasn’t been any type of this activity here.”

There was a second scene at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Ann & Hope Way which, according to Ciullo, was connected to the investigation.

Police have not made any arrests and Ciullo said they are looking for one person.