Hinsdale man pleads not guilty to kidnapping
BENNINGTON -- A New Hampshire man is accused of abducting another at gunpoint and taking his marijuana.
Lawrence Labarge, 46, of Hindsdale, N.H., pleaded not guilty Friday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of kidnapping. He is being held without bail until Sept. 5, when a hearing will determine what conditions, if any, there are that he can be released on.
A second man was listed as a co-defendant in the case but it is not clear if he has been charged.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Cpl. Andy Hunt, on June 10 at 5:30 p.m. a male called 911 to report that two men in a green Blazer had robbed him and fled east on Route 9.
Hunt spoke with the male, who said that on July 9 he discovered his apartment in Brattleboro had been broken into. Some artwork was stolen, along with half a pound of marijuana. Fearing that whoever broke in would return, the man took his belongings and a pound of marijuana the intruder(s) did not find and rode the bus to Bennington.
He walked Route 9 into New York where he came to the area near Spicer Hill in Hoosick.
He then got a phone call from his friend, Labarge, who asked where he was. The man told Labarge what happened, then was told by Labarge that he had a fight with his girlfriend and wanted to go to Oregon. He invited the male to come along, to which the male agreed. Labarge said he needed to get his dog and would be on his way.
Labarge showed up with another male that the alleged victim knows.
Both had pistols and pointed them at the male while telling him to get in the vehicle.
The male told police he felt that if he tried to flee he would be shot. His cell phone was taken, along with the pound of marijuana, valued at $3,000. The male was also told to give up any cash he had, which was about $2.
The male was taken into Bennington and dropped off near Silver Street.
The battery from his cell phone was removed and he was told it would be found on a bench nearby. The male found it on the bench outside the Bennington Free Library, then called police.
Police were not able to locate Labarge or the other male right away.
It's not clear how Labarge came to be in court.
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