Early morning rampage in Vergennes

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VERGENNES — A man is facing a slew of charges after police say he went on a rampage in Vergennes early this morning.

Police say Eddy Santiago Jr., of Clifton, N.J, is being charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson, third-degree arson, and unlawful mischief.

Local police and fire responded to a report of a vehicle and residence fire at 49 Booth Woods, at around 5:00 a.m.

A vehicle was found entirely engulfed in flames, a second vehicle had sustained damage to its front end and interior, and a duplex residence sustained significant damage to its siding, which had melted due to the intense heat generated by the car fire.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished by the Vergennes Fire Department.

According to a witness, Santiago had told the owner of the house he would burn his house down, and the neighbor’s house as well.

There were four individuals in the residence at the time of the incident.

On Tuesday, one of the vehicles involved in the late morning fire had its tires slashed by Santiago, police say.

He was stopped by police at around 5:45 a.m. while operating his vehicle southbound on Vermont Route 30 in Sudbury.

Santiago was taken into custody without incident.

Bail was set at $5,000.

He was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center pending arraignment tomorrow.

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