2013-09-19 / Front Page

Aaron Alexis Here for Navy Job

By Tom Shevlin

The Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, was a recent visitor to Newport. The Washington Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, was a recent visitor to Newport. The man at the center of a mass shooting at a Washington, D.C. Navy base had complained to Newport police that he was being harassed by loud voices while visiting Newport on business earlier this summer.

According to a police report made public following the incident, Aaron Alexis had called 911 on Aug. 7 shortly before 6:30 in the morning from room 405 of the Marriott Hotel on America’s Cup Avenue.

According to responding Officer Seth Moseley, who provided a detailed narrative of the incident, upon arrival, he and Officer Eric Cormier were met with an individual who identified himself as a naval contractor.

In a redacted report, which was later confirmed to involve Alexis, Moseley stated that the caller “went on to explain that while get- ting onto his flight from Virginia to Rhode Island he got into a verbal altercation with an unknown party in the airport. [He] believed that the individual who he got into an argument with sent three people to follow him and keep him awake by talking to him and sending vibrations into his body.”

Moseley continued to report that Alexis had not seen any of the people whose voices he had been hearing, but that he suspected they were those of “two black men and a black female.”

Alexis told officers that he first heard the voices through a wall while at the Residence Inn in Middletown and then again through the walls, floor and ceiling while at a hotel on the Navy base the same night.

After yet another change of hotels, Alexis called police, this time reporting that the individuals were speaking to him through the floor and ceiling and using “some sort of microwave machine” to send vibrations through the ceiling, “penetrating his body so he could not fall asleep.”

Alexis did not tell the responding officers what the voices were saying to him, but did state that “he had never felt anything like this” and was worried that he was in harm’s way.

Alexis also told police that he did not have a history of mental illness in his family and that he “had never had any sort of mental episode.”

After advising Alexis to “stay away from the individuals that are following him,” Moseley told him to call the police if they attempted to make any further contact.

Later that day, Sgt. Frank Rosa, Jr. reported that he had notified police at Naval Station Newport of the incident, who responded that they would follow up to determine if Alexis was in fact a naval base contractor.

Just weeks later, Alexis, a former Navy Reservist, walked onto the Washington Navy Yard and opened fire on his former coworkers, killing 12 and injuring another eight.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Alexis had been undergoing mental health treatment since August through the Veterans Administration.

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