St. Albans man faces arson and assault charges

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ST. ALBANS — A series of crimes on Jan. 24 has led to multiple charges against a local man, including arson and assault of a law enforcement officer.

Vermont State Police are seeking an arrest warrant for Thomas LaPine, 37, of St Albans, following incidents that occurred early in the morning on Nason Street and nearby Vivian Lane.

Responding to a fire at approximately 7:30 a.m., the St Albans Fire Department discovered a recreational vehicle ablaze outside a residence on Nason Street.

During the firefighting efforts, a burglary was reported on Vivian Lane.

Homeowner Danielle Stanley and neighbor Kyle Baitz informed Officer Alyson Dengler of the St Albans Police Department about the burglary and identified LaPine, who was seen walking through a field between the two locations.

When Officer Dengler attempted to detain LaPine, he resisted and assaulted her, resulting in injuries.

Baitz was also attacked by LaPine while attempting to aid the officer.

LaPine was eventually apprehended and taken to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for processing.

He was cited for burglary and released with a summons to appear in court.

The Vermont State Police have requested assistance from the public in locating LaPine to answer additional charges, including 3rd degree arson, setting fires, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and assault of a protected professional.

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