2nd man arrested in Wednesday assault

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BRATTLEBORO — A second man has been arrested in relation to an assault that occurred in a Main Street apartment on Wednesday morning.

According to a press release from the Brattleboro Police Department, Deven Moffitt, 29, of Brattleboro, is being held pending arraignment today on charges of aggravated assault and interference with emergency services.

On Wednesday, officers responded to 59 Main St. for a report of an assault. During an interview of the victim at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, officers learned the victim had been beaten with a pistol and a crowbar and had been kicked in the head several times. Officers arrested Bobby Bethune, 18, of Brattleboro, later that day. He was charged with aggravated assault and interference with emergency services and is being held on $10,000 bail at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

According to an affidavit filed with Windham Superior Court, Criminal Division, by Officer Ryan Washburn, the victim was pistol whipped by Moffitt before being struck several times with a crowbar by another man. He collapsed on a mattress where Bethune allegedly kicked him in the head several times.

The victim told police he was beat up because "his family is affiliated with a gang and they did not agree with it."

Moffitt was found by police on Elliot Street on Thursday afternoon. Before he was taken into custody, officers saw him drop an item over a fence. When officers recovered the item, they found it contained crack cocaine and a prescription medicine, for which he was also cited.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.

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