Newport, RI police report: DC gunman heard voices

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September 17, 2013, 9:45 pm
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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Newport, R.I.) - Newport, R.I. police say alleged D.C. rampage shooter Aaron Alexis called them to a hotel room inside the popular Newport Marriott last month to file a harassment report.

As for who was harassing him, police say Alexis told them it was several voices, and that he was moving from hotel to hotel to escape them.

At the Marriott, Alexis allegedly told police three people were talking to him through the floor, and that he also heard the voices at a nearby Residence Inn in Middletown, R.I.

That's where the report says Alexis "...first heard them talking through a wall."

When Alexis packed up and moved to a hotel on the Navy base in Newport, the report goes on to say, "...he heard the same voices talking to him through the walls, floor, and ceiling.

It also says he "stated that the individuals are using some sort of microwave machine to send vibrations through the ceiling penetrating his body so he cannot fall asleep."

Newport visitor Jack Greenfield is staying at the Marriott and says he's just saddened for the 12 victims.

"I think it's just another tragedy in a long line of these horrible things that are going on," said Greenfield.

Tuesday, NECN confirmed through a law enforcement source within the Newport police department, that Alexis was in Rhode Island last month to update computers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Police also say Alexis got into a verbal fight recently at an airport, and believes the person he fought with sent three others to follow him, which is why he thought he was hearing the voices.

In their report, Newport police say they made contact with the on-duty Naval Station Police about Alexis and also faxed a copy of the police report to the base.

NECN checked in with public affairs officials at the Naval Station Newport. One official said she hadn't specifically seen the Newport police report, but that their security team on base is working closely with the FBI.

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