Two kidnappings – at least one of them reportedly drug-related – occurred in the Connecticut River Valley last month.
Saturday morning at 3:26 AM, the Vermont State Police received a report that several armed subjects entered a residence on Stanley Rd. Springfield and took one subject against their will.
When Troopers arrived, they confirmed that at least four armed suspects entered the residence and took one adult male from the residence at gunpoint. One other adult male at the residence was assaulted and sustained a minor injury. The victim who was taken from the residence was later located by police and was safe.
This is an on-going investigation and no arrests have been made related to this incident. It is believed the parties involved knew each other. Information about the victims is being withheld while the investigation continues. Anyone with information about this this incident is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Westminster (802)722-4600.
State police did not say if the kidnapping was drug related – although “it is believed the parties involved knew each other” is an expression often heard in a drug deal-related conflict, and Springfield in recent months has become a center of drug-related violence.
However, police say two Vermonters charged in a July 5 kidnapping in Lebanon, NH were found with large amounts of heroin and cash in their possession when they were arrested later last month. Adam Adolph, 32, of Thetford, and April Arnold, 37 of South Royalton reportedly abducted a woman at a Lebanon airport. The incident was reported by the woman’s fiance. According to the travel news blog site CBoardingGroup.com, the kidnapping followed an attempted theft of $50,000 of drug money.