Arrest made in Montpelier stabbing incident

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MONTPELIER –– A local man was arrested in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred over the weekend, according to the Montpelier Police Department (MPD).

Jackson Surrell-Lever, 20, was taken into custody without incident on August 20, after he reported a man named “Jonathan” potentially plotting a murder, leading to a physical altercation near the Department of Motor Vehicles on State Street, according to police.

Upon arrival, officers from the MPD made contact with Surrell-Lever on Taylor Street, where he admitted to engaging in a verbal and physical altercation with “Jonathan.”

Surrell-Lever said he pulled a knife and swung it at “Jonathan” after the latter allegedly attempted to strike him.

Investigating officers later identified “Jonathan” as Jonathan Roussin, 35, of Pennsylvania, when he arrived at the Montpelier Fire Department with a visible stab wound on his back.

Roussin was transported to the hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

Following a search warrant executed at Surrell-Lever’s residence, officers located and seized a folding pocketknife, believed to be the weapon used during the assault.

Surrell-Lever was processed at the MPD and a Superior Court Judge ordered his release on a citation to appear in the Washington County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on August 21, at 12:30 p.m. to answer to the charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Disorderly Conduct, and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities.

The MPD did not provide any additional information at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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