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Tuesday January 10, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Two Vermont men are being held on lack of bail for allegedly kidnapping a woman and robbing and assaulting a man in Worcester, Mass., last week.

Michael Hallock, 28, and Josh Thibodeau, 31, both of Bellows Falls, were arraigned Friday and pleaded not guilty to three felonies, assault and battery with a weapon, armed robbery and kidnapping.

According to Worcester District Attorney Spokesman Tim Connolly, Hallock is being held on lack of $5,000 bail and Thibodeau is being held on lack of $30,000.

On Thursday, at about 10:43 p.m., someone got the attention of a police officer near Beacon and Sycamore Streets in Worcester, stating that a man had been injured.

The victim, a 31-year-old unidentified male, approached the officer with his hands covered in blood and told the police that two men in a red Dodge truck with Vermont plates had just robbed and stabbed him. He told police they had picked him up along Main Street for a drug deal, according to Worcester Police Department Det. William Hinson.

"One man grabbed him from behind and held a knife to him while the other assaulted and robbed him using a knife with brass knuckles handle," Hinson wrote in his statement of facts. "During the struggle the victim was stabbed in the right bicep and received several head and facial injuries as a result of being assaulted. The victim was robbed of drugs he had intended to sell to the suspects."

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Shortly after the victim was taken to the hospital via ambulance, a detective stated he saw a truck matching the description the victim had given police.

When the detective approached the vehicle, he stated he saw a woman in the back seat who was yelling and crying as she was attempting to get out while two men were seated in the front.

After the woman exited the truck, police searched both men and the truck and found several knives inside the vehicle.

The woman told police that Hallock and Thibodeau asked her to help them purchase drugs and she got into the vehicle and directed them to the male victim.

As the they began to argue and fight with the male victim, she attempted to get out of the truck and flee but Hallock and Thibodeau allegedly refused to let her go and fled the scene of the attack, she told police.

Connolly said both Hallock and Thibodeau and scheduled to appear in Worcester District Court on Feb. 6.

Josh Stilts can be reached at jstilts@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311 ext. 273.