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Police seek man in Grand Isle drug-related shooting incident

Police are seeking this man in connection with a road-rage and gunfire incident April 22.

State police are looking for a man photographed in Burlington in connection with an April 22 drug-related road rage and shooting in Grand Isle.

He is a black man believed to be in his 20s and described as having small dreadlocks, a slim build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and known by the nickname “Taye.” The attached photo was taken from a bank ATM surveillance camera in the Burlington area hours after the shooting. This is the same individual who was pictured in an initial surveillance photo taken in Grand Isle and released last week.

Police say the April 22 shooting involved a drug-related dispute between two groups of people who were known to each other. Police learned that one group of individuals was traveling on Adams School Road in a Volkswagen sedan with New York plates when they encountered the second group of individuals driving in the opposite direction in a vehicle described as a silver or gray Range Rover with Pennsylvania license plates.

A man inside the Volkswagen then opened fire on the Range Rover. Police have collected evidence that shows multiple rounds were fired from an assault-style rifle. The incident occurred in a residential area, and bystanders were present, but no injuries have been reported to passers-by, and VSP is unaware of any injuries to the occupants of the Range Rover.

The Volkswagen was subsequently abandoned by its occupants, and police have seized the vehicle. A state trooper later encountered the Range Rover and initiated a short pursuit before the Range Rover was able to escape, last seen headed toward the greater Burlington area.

Police have located and seized a vehicle believed to be the Range Rover sought in connection with this incident. Investigators also identified the second man pictured in the Grand Isle surveillance photo as Eric Badore, 38, of Milton. He was taken into custody on arrest warrants that are unrelated to this incident, one on allegations of home improvement fraud and a second for a failure to appear in court.

Road rage citation – Benjamin Walker, 42, was cited following a road rage incident in Hartland Saturday.

Kathryn Williams, 41, of Hartford, told police that she had just been the victim of a road rage incident, where the vehicle in front of her purposely came to a sudden stop in the middle of the roadway and caused a collision on Grout Road and Quechee Road, at around 11:45 a.m..

The driver then drove away from the scene, police say. Following an investigation, it was found that the driver of the vehicle was Benjamin Walker. The vehicle involved was located with him at his residence.

During the investigation, police allege Walker provided false information to troopers about who was driving the vehicle. He was issued a citation to appear in court for the charges of leaving the scene of an accident, negligent operation, and false reports to a law enforcement officer on April 31.

Suspected retail thief in Arlington

On the above mentioned date and time, Troopers with the Vermont State Police were conducting an investigation of a stolen vehicle at Seth’s Auto in Lyndonville when a male was seen leaving the property carrying a backpack. The individual was located and identified as Tyge Searl. Further investigation revealed Searl was in possession of heroin, and also had an active warrant for his arrest. Searl was placed into custody and later lodged on his outstanding warrant at NERC. Searl was issued a citation to appear in court to answer to the above charges.

Retail theft – Sunday afternoon, a woman was observed leaving the Arlington Dollar General Store without paying for items in her cart as well as stealing a wallet of an elderly customer that was accidentally left in a shopping cart. If you have any information, call state police at 802-442-5421.

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  1. The local radio news noted that the perp was being sought by police and that the public’s help was being sought in his apprehension. They gave a description including height, weight, clothing and his “street name”. They did omit the one piece of visual, demographic, distinctive information that would be the most helpful in identifying him in Vermont… We often need to be reminded that public safety takes a back seat to political correctness and social justice.

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