Brattleboro police Wednesday night arrested Ryan Avery, 45, in connection with a slashing of a highway worker that occurred Wednesday morning in the woods near a construction site on Interstate 91 southbound in Rockingham.
Avery, who is listed as homeless, was held overnight. He was arrested for aggravated assault and will appear before a Vermont Superior Court judge today to face the charge, state police said this morning.
The victim in this incident is identified as Ramiro Muro, 24, of Asheville, North Carolina. He is an employee of Ameritech Slope Constructors and had gone into the woods near the construction site when he was attacked from behind by Avery.
Avery placed Muro in a choke hold, broke a glass bottle and used a shard to slash the victim, police said. Muro was able to escape from Avery, who fled into the woods. Police searched the area, including with K-9s, and followed up on tips from the public but were unable at that time to locate the assailant.
Muro was taken to the hospital, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.