Police still searching for home invasion suspect

Friday, May 4, 2012

BRATTLEBORO - Law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Connecticut River are still looking for Frank Foster, 24, of Bellows Falls, who is a suspect in a home invasion in Hinsdale, N.H., and a car theft in Bellows Falls.

Walpole, N.H., Police Department Sgt. Justin Sanctuary said it is believed Foster is either in Walpole or close by.

"He's been in the area a lot," he said. "There's reason to believe he's still in town or in the area."

Sanctuary said if he is spotted, whoever sees him should not approach him but should report him to police right away.

"He's not a nice guy," said Sanctuary. "People might be intimidated by him and may not want to get involved."

That's why he urged people to use the new Connecticut River Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line if they've seen Foster or know where he is.

The number for the 24-hour line is 603-620-8477 or 888-680-8477.

In addition to being a suspect in the home invasion and in the car theft, Foster is wanted in Vermont as a fugitive from furlough.

He was on an indefinite term of probation after being released after having served time for three offenses.

He had been charged with resisting arrest and with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer for kicking a Bellows Falls police officer in the groin on Aug. 22, 2007. Following that arrest, he was charged with simple assault for punching a correctional officer in the face.

According to Joseph C. Sampsell, Community Corrections Program Supervisor in the Springfield Probation & Parole office, Foster pleaded guilty to the three charges. He was ordered to serve one year and three months to two years for simple assault, all suspended, six to nine years for aggravated assault, all suspended except for one year and six months, and nine months to one year, all suspended, for resisting arrest.

His sentence started on March 26, 2008.

Upon release he was placed on an indefinite term of probation but violated the conditions of his release several times and was sent back to jail on Jan. 26, 2012.

On Feb. 15, he was furloughed back to the community and was subsequently placed on escape status on March 19, four days after the home invasion in Hinsdael.

Last week in Bellows Falls, Foster allegedly took a person against their will. According to police, the victim told them Foster also stole a black Hyundai Elantra with Vermont license plate DXA 973.

On April 15, two men entered a Depot Street apartment in Hinsdale, demanding items from the residents while making threats with a weapon. Foster is one of the suspects in the home invasion.

Hinsdale Police Department Lt. Todd Faulkner said in the past three days he has received some new information that could lead to the identification of the second suspect.

"But our main focus ... we want to locate Mr. Foster," said Faulkner.

There has been a pretty intensive search for Foster this past week, said Sanctuary, especially around Bellows Falls, but to no avail.

"It's been a good-sized effort to bring him into custody," he said.

Bob Audette can be reached at raudette@reformer.com, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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