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Local Man Stabbed to Death in Gould Street Murder

Police arrested a 42-year-old man who was charged with stabbing a local Newport man to death Wednesday night.

A man who police say has no known address has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing a local Newport man.

Police officials said they believe the two men knew each other. 

At approximately 11:12 p.m. on Wednesday night the Newport Police Department received a 9-1-1 call for an assault in progress at 53 1⁄2 Gould Street.

Officers arrived a short time later and found 44-year-old Anthony E. Simmons of 53 1⁄2 Gould Street, Apt B, Newport, who had been stabbed several times. Simmons was transported to the Newport Hospital emergency room by the Newport Fire Department rescue and was pronounced dead at 11:40 p.m.

Officials said they had been several witness reports of the two men arguing before the incident. 

At 11:18 pm, officers located and arrested 42-year-old Joseph Perryman just north of Gould Street on, a short distance away from the crime scene.

During the investigation police recovered a knife believed to be used in the incident, as well as clothing worn by Perryman during the assault.

Perryman is being charged with murder and is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in 2nd Division Court.

Newport police are actively processing the crime scene and the investigation is continuing. 

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Mrs. Perryman March 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Joe was not a homeless Newport man. He is married for 7 years and lived in providence. Jojo and Anthony are 1 st . Cousins.not play cousins but there mothers are sisters. This two men had a lot of positive family history together. And let it be known Anthony did 8 years or so for a murder he had commited in Virginia the same time his cousin joe did time for a different murder and joe did 11 years on a 14 year bid. They were even captured in Newport together in the late 80's and flown TOGETHER by the detectives to Virginia to face there warrants . Family outings , cookouts, Anthony coming to Jo'jo's house in providence, would epven bring his son Devin with him to spend the day at Jo & his wife's house. Anthony was at Jo'jo's wedding o.k. So it's a very very tragic family dispute that Never would of went down if both of those men(1st cousins mind u) were around people who truly cared/ real friends would have been able to diffuse their argument . It's not the 1 st time these two argued but sadly it's the last time due to drugs and alcohol used that night has ended their friendship & hurt their family. Now that's the truth.
Sean Roberts March 29, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Very well said mrs.perryman. I didnt know that about Anthony's past. We were friend s in high school. Thats to bad!
Mrs. Perryman March 29, 2013 at 04:01 PM
I in no way am trying to say anything bad about ant. I loved ant also I knew him since high school days also went to school with his sister. My point is there are sooo many misunderstandings and untrue things being said and bottom line neither one of those men were saints. Who is??? This family lost two members that horrible night.
newport March 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM
There are way to many untrue stories. I am a member of the family in the correction that needs to be made is, Anthony has never been convicted of murder. The incident that is being referred to back in the late eighties early nineties. Anthony was convicted of intent to do bodily harm. Not murder! He served 5 years in Virginia for this. Another truth to the story is drugs and alcohol did not play a role in this incident, if you knew Anthony you knew that he did not really drink and the only drove that was found in his system was marijuana. The 2 men were first cousins and yes we as a family are all affected but nobody is more affected then Anthonys son Devin. This little boys heart has been ripped out of his chest and has felt this pain deep in his soul for the loss of his father. So I would like to people to think about this when the right things about his father and take into consideration that he can read all of this. He needs to cherish the memories of the love that him and his father shared not people talking about his father like this. Just consider who's reading this when you write comments.
newport April 16, 2013 at 05:55 PM
There are way to many untrue stories. I am a member of the family in the correction that needs to be made is, Anthony has never been convicted of murder. The incident that is being referred to back in the late eighties early nineties. Anthony was convicted of intent to do bodily harm. Not murder! He served 5 years in Virginia for this. Another truth to the story is drugs and alcohol did not play a role in this incident, if you knew Anthony you knew that he did not really drink and the only drove that was found in his system was marijuana. The 2 men were first cousins and yes we as a family are all affected but nobody is more affected then Anthonys son Devin. This little boys heart has been ripped out of his chest and has felt this pain deep in his soul for the loss of his father. So I would like to people to think about this when the right things about his father and take into consideration that he can read all of this. He needs to cherish the memories of the love that him and his father shared not people talking about his father like this. Just consider who's reading this when you write comments

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