Sharon man arrested in Brattleboro homicide investigation


BRATTLEBORO >> A Sharon man is wanted in connection to the death of Sultan Rashed, who found dead in his car on Old Ferry Road on the morning of Nov. 9.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, an arrest warrant has been issued for Leonard Moffatt, 39, who is wanted for first degree murder in the shooting death of Rashed.

During the investigation into Rashed's death, investigators came into contact with Moffatt, who, this morning, agreed by telephone to turn himself into the State Police Barracks in Royalton. However, Moffatt did not turn himself in. Detectives followed up with a search warrant at Moffatt's residence this afternoon but did not locate him there. Troopers and detectives were actively searching for Moffatt when he was arrested without incident at approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon while driving his vehicle on Route 14 in the town of Sharon. Moffatt was then transported to the Royalton State Police barracks.

According to the press release, the investigation has led detectives to believe that Moffatt and Rashed knew each other and had planned to meet on Sunday night, Nov. 8, at the location in Brattleboro where Rashed's body was found. Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of this meeting and the relationship between Moffatt and Rashed.

Brattleboro officers began investigating Rashed's death after responding Monday morning to a call for a medical emergency on Old Ferry Road.

"Upon arrival, officers found a lone male deceased in a vehicle," police said in a press release that went out Monday at 6:03 p.m. "Rescue personnel also responded and confirmed this death." Vermont State Police's Crime Scene Search Team arrived in Brattleboro in the evening. Members of the team processed the scene jointly with members of the chief medical examiner's office, police said.

Rashed's wife Sheena described Rashed as a wonderful husband and father, "the greatest."

"He was a great friend and a great provider," Sheena said. "He loved and protected his family. He would never think that they would want to be alone. There's nothing to measure how much he'll be missed. He was a strong man. He always held it together. He was a strong backbone for the family."

Moffatt will be lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $500,000. Arraignment is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. at Windham County Superior Court, Criminal Division.

Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit at 234-9933.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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