Hatchet-wielding man arrested outside Brattleboro homeless shelter

Almost seven months after the director of a Brattleboro homeless shelter was axed to death, the Groundworks shelter network was shaken by a hatchet-wielding local man. No-one was injured. 

On April 6, police say Leah Rosin-Pritchard was killed by a resident of the Morningstar Shelter in Brattleboro. Zaaina Asra Zakirrah Mahvish-Jammeh was arrested for second-degree murder. In May she was found temporarily incompetent to stand trial, pending an August 9 court hearing for which VDC could find no information. 

On Thursday, October 27, police say Tadros Hoth, 33, was arrested for aggravated disorderly conduct at the organization’s South Main Street dropoff shelter. He was reported to be intoxicated and creating a disturbance at the shelter around 8:10 a.m., according to Officer Washburn.

The investigation revealed that Hoth arrived at the shelter in an inebriated state and was denied entry to the locked building. While outside, he allegedly behaved in a disorderly manner and threatened staff members. At one point, Hoth was seen with a hatchet, banging it on a fence outside.

There were no individuals present outside the shelter at the time, and no injuries were reported. Hoth was taken into custody without any incident.

The hatchet he had been holding was later found nearby. Hoth was arrested and transported to the Brattleboro Police Department. He was lodged in lieu of $200 bail and is scheduled to appear in court today, October 30.

Revolver, Ruger rifle stolen from store – Police are investigating a burglary in which two guns were taken from Britton’s Lumber & Hardware store at around 4:50 a.m. on October 26

State police say a man stole a Smith & Wesson revolver and a Ruger rifle from the store’s gun racks. This is the second time the store has been burglarized within the year. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Trooper Jordan of the VSP Royalton barracks at 234-9933.

Oak seedlings victims of ongoing dispute – A 56-year-old woman from Plainfield was cited October 27 for unlawful mischief following an incident in Cabot last month. On September 5, authorities say they were notified of a vandalism at around 1:30 p.m.

Milk tanker collision yields charges – An October collision between a milk tanker truck and a passenger car led to the arrest of a South Burlington man on charges of driving under the influence of drugs, driving with a criminally suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.

The incident occurred around 1:21 p.m. on Route 15 near College Parkway, according to Sgt. Victor Bitca of the Colchester Police Department. The officer on scene witnessed the passenger car, driven by 47-year-old David Macomber II, collide with the westbound tanker, scattering debris across multiple lanes.

Both drivers reported no injuries, but the vehicles required towing from the scene. College Parkway was temporarily closed to motor vehicle traffic.

Partial lanes were reopened around 2:04 p.m. and the roadway was fully reopened by 3:12 p.m. Further investigation revealed that Macomber was operating the vehicle without the owner’s consent.

He was released on citation to appear in Chittenden County Superior Court on Dec. 21 to face charges of driving while license suspended, aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of a controlled substance.

Police reports republished from Newport Dispatch

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  1. So, let me ax you something. Would it have been better for the progressives if he had a gun. Though the homeless problem IS growing, with the seeds from VT politicians. Maybe it was the same guy that stole the Ruger or am I milking this too much. Not going to get better folks.

    • It would certainly help “the narrative” of the left if he had instead been wielding a gun. Unfortunately, our uncaring society does not provide sufficient financial resources to the needy to allow them to avail themselves of expensive firearms, and due to the small number of firearms dealers and the shortage of public transportation options, those of limited means are often forced to obtain their guns on the black market. Also, Federal law denies legal gun ownership to persons with serious criminal convictions, and unfortunately that prohibition sometimes disproportionately targets people in the unhoused community. Also, current Vermont law requires a 72 hour waiting period before being able to take physical possession of a firearm after passing a background check and paying for the weapon. For this disgruntled client of the shelter, perhaps the hatchet was the only option for adequately expressing their dissatisfaction with the shelter’s sobriety policy, and that it was unreasonable to expect them to delay this legitimate protest. And let’s not assume that just because a shelter worker was attacked and killed by a hatchet-wielding patron of the shelter just 6 months earlier, that such an occurrence would ever be likely to happen again.

  2. I think all hatchet purchases should be outlawed and all current hatches confiscated or engraved with a federally mandated identification number and the owner fingerprinted and demographic data as well as mental health status gathered and be put in a file and monitored by the appropriate authorities. Clearly, two cases in 6 months shows what a dangerous weapon a hatchet is. Wondering if it was the semi-automatic kind of hatchet?

  3. Groundworks:
    Peter Elwell, Former Deputy Executive Director, now a member of the Board of Directors. Former Brattleboro Town Manager. Spouse of Senator Wendy Rodgers.
    “Advocate” Michelle Bos-Lun, now in her second term VT House, Windham 3. Sponsor of a bill to end cash bail.

    Mahvish-Jameh had had a run-in with the law and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital before axe-murdering Rosin-Pritchard. And after LRP was murdered by a pot-smoking lesbian woman of color, all the local pols, including Rodgers, Hashim, and Balint, called for a time-out; don’t react, let’s not be hasty, take time to sort it all out and grieve and honor everyone’s process. No axe grab in the offing.

    You can find references to the now-extinct covid funding as the leadership shifts. https://groundworksvt.org/2023/02/02/join-us-in-welcoming-new-leaders-to-groundworks/

    Think there’s a story here?

    • Oh BTW, the axe caught-on-video murderer Mahvish Jameh is a “they/ them”.

  4. Do any of the Red Flag laws that the Commiecrats pass pertain to knives, hatchets, axes or any object that can be converted to a weapon or only guns?

    A weapon is a weapon is a weapon. Violence is violence is violence.
    A weapon is any tool a human uses to commit violence.