Route 9 assault results in charges

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BRATTLEBORO — A man accused of assaulting a driver on Route 9 in Marlboro on June 29 was released on $1,000 bail on Thursday.

According to court documents, a man later identified as Samuel Galanes, 19, of Marlboro, was walking on Route 9 in the early evening hours when he threw a rock at a vehicle being driven by a Brattleboro woman.

The woman called her boyfriend, who arrived on scene and confronted Galanes. According to an affidavit filed by Vermont State Trooper Kayla Healy, Galanes punched the man several times causing injuries, including a fracture of the bone of the eye socket, that needed to be treated at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Shortly after the alleged assault, the Vermont State Police received a report that someone matching the description of Galanes was standing at the intersection of Route 9 and Auger Hole Road, waving money at passing motorists. However, no arrest was made at the time because the man couldn't be found.

Several days later, the VSP received information from the mother of the man who had been beaten up. The mother stated she had posted on Facebook about the incident and received a number of comments from people who said they had encountered a man "along areas of Route 9 ... throwing rocks/objects at them," noted Healy's affidavit.

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One of the commenters identified Galanes as the alleged assailant and told troopers Galanes had recently thrown flowers through the window of his vehicle, and troopers received additional information from other drivers who saw Galanes acting erratically on Route 9.

On Aug. 1, troopers spoke with Galanes' father who told them his son had retained a lawyer and the lawyer would be getting in touch soon.

"I have not heard from the defendant or the supposed lawyer," wrote Healy.

On Aug. 7, the court issued an arrest warrant. The next day Galanes turned himself in to the State Police Barracks in Westminster. He was arrested and arraigned on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct before being released on bail.

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


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