State Police search for man in stolen vehicle

Tuesday August 20, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Vermont State Police is looking for a former Ludlow man, suspected of violating a relief from abuse order a number of times.

According to Trooper Nicholas Arlington, Ryan Smith, 32, illegally entered a Saxtons River home and also took a vehicle, which he refuses to return. Between July 28 and Aug. 13, Smith allegedly entered the home every day, which is a violation of his conditions of release. According to Arlington, Smith walked into the home each day without permission and without knocking.

Smith’s whereabouts are unknown at this time, but he is suspected of traveling south on the Eastern Seaboard. The Vermont State Police and the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office filed paperwork for an arrest warrant on Monday, but it was still under review at the end of the court day.

A relief from abuse order was issued on July 3 and the next day police received a complaint that he had violated it by calling a restricted number several times. Smith was ordered to stay away from the alleged victim and to not attempt contact of any kind.

According to the temporary order for relief for abuse, the court found the order was appropriate because Smith had had placed in fear of imminent serious physical harm the alleged victim. The order also states the court found there is immediate danger of physical or emotional harm to children.

According to court documents, Smith has a prior conviction from 2009 for violating an abuse prevention order. In 2011, Smith was stunned by a Taser deployed by a Bellows Falls Police Officer during an incident involving the subject of that abuse prevention order.

If and when Smith is arrested and returned to Windham County, he will face charges that include three counts of violating a relief from abuse order, three counts of violating his conditions of release, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct via telephone, unlawful trespass, aggravated operation of a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, and aggravated stalking.

Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Smith or the stolen vehicle, a 2007 Gray Jeep Compass with Vermont registration FAS243, is urged to contact Trooper Arlington at 802-875-2112.

Bob Audette can be reached at, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 160. Follow Bob on Twitter @audette.reformer.


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