A kidnapped victim in Vermont escaped her alleged captors by driving away in the suspects’ truck while her hands remained tied together.
In connection with the February 23 incident, Vermont State Police (VSP) arrested Mack Varnum and Nichole Cloutier on charges of attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, and first-degree unlawful restraint. Varnum is also charged with first-degree aggravated domestic assault.
Authorities were called to Bay Street in St. Johnsbury after receiving reports of a kidnapped victim, a woman in a vehicle with her hands and part of her head taped up.
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First responders freed and treated the woman, who told investigators that the suspects picked her up on the side of the road near Varnum’s home in Peacham in their truck, at which point she was “forcefully restrained and bound,” according to a press release from VPS.
The suspects drove for several hours around the city with the kidnapped victim restrained in their vehicle “while her life was threatened,” according to VSP.
On February 24, authorities arrested Cloutier and Varnum at their home. They are being held without bail at the Northeast Regional Correctional Center.
At the moment, the suspects, while in custody, the police gather more information and evidence to get to the bottom of this case. Furthermore, both Cloutier and Varnum await their trial to see if they are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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