ADDISON COUNTY — A New Haven man was allegedly kidnapped by a man with whom he hoped to transact some business.
Vermont State Police received a complaint from Richard Esty, 67, of New Haven, who said he responded to a Craigslist post and arranged to meet with Jonathan Henry, 28, of Marshfield on the afternoon of Jan. 27. Esty told police that during their meeting in East Montpelier, Henry physically assaulted him, drove him to Berlin where he extorted money from him, and returned him to his vehicle.
On Jan. 31, state police and officials from the Department of Corrections, Barre Probation and Parole, arrested Henry at his residence for a probation violation and lodged him at the Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury.
On Feb. 4, two correctional officers took Henry to Central Vermont Hospital for a medical procedure, and Henry escaped on foot. After a manhunt involving multiple agencies, Henry was apprehended near a mobile home park in Berlin. That evening he was cited for kidnapping, unlawful restraint, extortion and simple assault in the incident with Esty on Jan. 27.
Henry is scheduled to answer the charges in Washington County Superior Court on Feb. 13. He is being held without bail at the jail in St. Johnsbury.
In other recent activity involving Addison County people or places, state police troopers:
• On Feb. 2 at 10:39 a.m. received a report that an unknown individual driving an F-350 truck ran over a post and two mailboxes on South Lincoln Road in Lincoln. A badge to the truck was found at the scene. The value of the post and two mailboxes is approximately $200 as reported by the owner. Anyone with information is asked to contact VSP.
• On Feb. 3 at 7:05 a.m. began investigating the burglary of Brandon Scrap Metal on Route 7 in Leicester. The victim reported that cash and inspection stickers were stolen on the night of Feb. 2. Anyone with information is asked to contact the VSP at the New Haven barracks at 802-388-4919; information can also be submitted online at www.vtips.info or by texting “CRIMES” (274637) to Keyword: VTIPS.
• On Feb. 4 at 9:43 p.m. received a call from David Walker of Farmington, N.H., who was concerned for the welfare of his father, 75-year-old Robert Walker, whom he had not been able to contact. David Walker said his father was en route to see his brother, Charles Walker of Jersey Street, Addison, however he never made it to the location. David Walker believed that his father had left an unidentified hotel in the Fair Haven area at approximately 10 a.m. that day after being given directions to the Jersey Street address. David Walker told police that his father may appear confused and had recently been diagnosed with stroke-induced dementia.
State police issued a release at 4:01 p.m. on Feb. 5 saying that Robert Walker had been located in Middlebury by Middlebury police and state police. Walker’s family was contacted and they picked him up at the New Haven VSP barracks.
• On Feb. 5 received a report of someone shooting at a deer and instead hitting a truck. Police report that Michael Deforge, 30, of Essex Junction was working a security detail on the Monkton-Vergennes Road in Monkton on Feb. 5 when a truck stopped on the road. An occupant of this truck then fired a single shot at a deer that had run across the road. This shot was fired in the direction of Deforge. According to Deforge, his vehicle was struck by the shot; Deforge himself was not injured. The vehicle with the shooter fled the scene quickly after seeing Deforge’s truck and was last seen traveling in a northeasterly direction. Deforge gave state police a description of the truck, and troopers are following up. Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to contact VSP.
• On Feb. 6 completed follow-up on a Dec. 24 collision on Main Street in Orwell. As a result of investigation, a trooper cited Frank L. King, 35, of Sudbury, who was driving the vehicle involved in the collision, for driving with a criminally suspended license, 10th offense. King was issued a citation at the Marble Valley Correctional Center.
• On Feb. 6 at approximately 4 p.m. the Addison County Sheriff’s Department received a complaint about a lone, white male on foot walking in and out of driveways and on private roadways in Ripton. At that time there was no indication of criminal activity, but a deputy investigated and identified the suspicious male as Sergei Draper, 22, of Ripton. At approximately 5 p.m. state police received a report of a home burglary on Lincoln Road in Ripton. Investigation done by the two departments led to an arrest and recovery of stolen property from the residence. Authorities arrested Draper, cited him for burglary and lodged him at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail. Any other victims or witnesses are asked to contact VSP.
• On Feb. 6 at 7:08 p.m. responded to a one-car crash on River Road near the intersection of Route 7 in New Haven. Debra Peter, 54, of Nassau, N.Y., was driving a 2006 Oldsmobile Alero when she attempted to stop while approaching the intersection and lost control of the vehicle. Police said the snowy and icy road conditions appeared to be a contributing factor in the crash. No one was injured, but the Alero sustained minor front-end damage.
• On Feb. 7 announced that they had cited Raymond Dean, 59, of Brandon for the theft of approximately $450 worth of gas through the use of the State of Vermont fleet gas card issued to the Agency of Natural Resources and the fleet vehicle assigned to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
• On Feb. 7 at 12:27 p.m. responded to a two-car crash on Forrest Road in Bridport. Police reported that Cody S. Broughton, 18, of Bridport was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus westbound on Forrest Road and had the right of way when Benjamin O. Broughton, 33, of Middlebury pulled a 1997 Subaru Outback out of a private driveway. The vehicles collided, with minimal-to-moderate damage to both vehicles resulting. There were no injuries reported. Neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors. VSP was assisted at the scene by the Bridport Fire Department and Middlebury Regional EMS.
• On Feb. 8 at 3:21 p.m. responded to a two-vehicle crash in Ferrisburgh. Police said that a 2003 Dodge Dakota driven by David G. Huckabay, 25, of Ferrisburgh was southbound on Shellhouse Mountain Road in Ferrisburgh, when Huckabay reportedly lost control of the pickup in a curve and collided with a 2010 Dodge Ram driven northbound by Stacey A. Stearns, 33, of Ferrisburgh. There were no injuries. Neither speed nor impairment were contributing factors. VSP was assisted at the scene by Vergennes police. Police issued a written warning to Huckabay.
• On Feb. 8 at 9:15 p.m. cited Lee Swinton, 41, of Middlebury for driving under the influence of alcohol on Plank Road in Bristol.