Raleigh Cop Hospitalized After Beating; Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder
Posted May 17, 2003 4:04 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh police officer was recovering Saturday from a brutal beating.
The assault happened just after 6 p.m. Friday at the Greyhound bus station on West Jones Street. The officer, Cpl. K.S. Newton, was taken to WakeMed, where he is reported to be in stable condition.
According to investigators, Newton was questioning a woman about a larceny suspect. That is when the suspect, identified as Airris James Hinton, got into a confrontation with Newton. He allegedly hit Newton repeatedly in the face and then took the officer's gun, though no shots were fired.
Hinton was taken into custody by other officers and charged with attempted murder.
Hinton reportedly was a passenger on a bus headed to Fayetteville, but had not yet gotten on the bus when the fight occurred.
According to authorities, Hinton had been released from jail on Thursday on domestic abuse charges.