MA man arrested for attempted murder-2 in St. J

The Vermont State Police has arrested two suspects in connection with the July 5 shooting of Nathan Smires in St. Johnsbury.

Felipe Cotto Jr., 40, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. Casey Jean Squires, 21, of Sheffield, Vermont, is accused of being an accessory to those same charges. They were arrested after members of the Vermont State Police including the Tactical Services Unit executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon, July 6, at 1241 Mathewson Hill Rd. in Lyndon. Four others in the house were interviewed by detectives.

Investigators determined that the shooting occurred in the parking lot outside the Maplefield store, and that the incident occurred due to a dispute between Cotto and Smires. All the individuals involved knew one another.

Smires, 36, of Barnet was initially brought to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury and later transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Cotto was ordered jailed without bail, while Squires was held for lack of $25,000 cash or surety. Both are due to appear for arraignment at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 2022, in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in St. Johnsbury.

Squires is a former licensed nurses aide (LNA), holding an expired Colorado license. Smires has a criminal record – he was arrested March 22 this year on Railroad St. in St. Johnsbury on an active warrant and lodged at the correctional facility for lack of $500 bail. He was found in violation of court-ordered condidtions of release in 2019.

No additional information is available at this time. The affidavit of probable cause will be filed with the court and made public following the suspects’ arraignment.

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  1. Smires vs Squires, with a Cotto thrown in for flavor… really? Clearly we Vermonters need to come out of our cultural isolation bubble and realize that in other parts of our own Country, people of different backgrounds and ethnicities settle disputes and express their anger toward others in ways that may seem foreign to us. A shootout in a convenience store parking lot may seem a bit extreme to most Vermonters who settle disagreements over a beer or a game of checkers but we need to understand that maybe that’s perfectly normal for some of our summer tourists from Chickopee Mass. Becoming familiar and comfortable with the different ways people having a disagreement interact is just part of celebrating diversity and acknowledging our common humanity in the America of Biden, Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

    • While I personally think your reply is smart-azz and quite comedic – what is truly terrifying is that over 3/4 of our legislature believe you to actually be completely serious, logical, and sound!!!!

      VOTE ‘DA BUMS OUT IN NOVEMBER……..even if it means voting for a GOP candidate whom you might not consider “ideal” —— this is getting to the point where gouging out one’s eye is better than living amidst this madness. PLEASE!

  2. Chicopee is my home town! It has gone to hell as you can see by what they send to Vermont with drugs to represent them!👎👎😢😢. So sad 😢

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