NEWPORT – Newport police are investigating the death of a middle-aged man in a tony section of Bellevue Avenue on Friday.
Police responded to 121-127 Bellevue Ave. shortly after noon for what initially had been reported as a possible domestic disturbance in an upstairs apartment of the mixed-use building. However, when they arrived on scene, a Good Samaritan indicated that he and another man had discovered a body in a narrow alleyway.
The victim, who was not immediately identified, was said to be in his early 40s.
David Stangle was finishing up some carpentry work inside the soon-to-open Alloy Studio at 125 Bellevue Ave. when he called police for what he said sounded like a domestic disturbance in the apartment above.
After going upstairs, Stangle said that he looked out an open window to see two men in the alleyway below. One of them appeared to be injured.
Using a drainpipe to shimmy down the building, Stangle attempted to aid the victim, but he was already dead.
"I thought he had just fallen out of the window, and he needed immediate help, so I jumped down there as fast as I could," he said.
The other man, who identified himself to Stangle as a relative, was reportedly distraught after himself jumping down to help the victim. Stangle kicked out a small fence that shielded the alley, and escorted the man and a woman out onto the sidewalk.
Police are still investigating and would not say if they considered the incident suspicious.