Newport police looking for man charged with armed robbery

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NEWPORT — Police in Newport say they are charging a man in connection with an assault and robbery that occurred on Thursday.

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Lucas Putvain, 31, of Newport is charged with assault and robbery, unlawful restraint in the first degree, armed with a deadly weapon while committing a crime, and operating on a criminally suspended license

Putvain also has three active warrants and has been wanted since June.

Police say at around 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, they received a report that a man was robbed at gunpoint while at his residence on Eastern Avenue.

The victim told police that Putvain and another suspect, both of whom were known to him, had approached him in his driveway, ordered him to get into their vehicle, and then held him at gunpoint.

Putvain allegedly drove the vehicle south on Coventry Street and then onto Pleasant Street where he demanded the victim to give him money before he was pushed out of the vehicle.

The vehicle then took off in the direction of Conventry.

According to police, a warrant for his arrest will be requested.

Police also say that Putvain should be considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact Newport Police at 802-334-6733.

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