3 men charged with kidnapping, assault
BENNINGTON — Three men are being held without bail on charges they entered an apartment in Manchester, restrained and assaulted the 63-year-old resident, and took off with valuables.
Jason Davie, Chad Herrington and Joshua McMahon, all residents of Manchester Center, are facing state charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault with a weapon, according to court records.
Davie, 38, and McMahon, 40, are charged also with burglary into an occupied dwelling armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon. Herrington, 44, is charged with burglary into an occupied dwelling.
The men could be sentenced up to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping, the most serious of their three felony charges.
The apartment resident reported the incident at a Torrey Knoll address to Manchester police, according to documents obtained from the Bennington County Superior Court. Manchester Police Officer Jason Thomas related the victim's story in a sworn statement.
The occupant said three people wearing masks and carrying baseball bats knocked on his door in the wee hours of April 20. When he opened the door, they began beating him with the bats, police said.
They allegedly pulled the man outside the apartment, and one of them restrained him with a "forearm against his throat" while the other two "entered his residence and ransacked it." The victim told the police officer he was afraid of being killed if he continued to fight back, according to the police report.
The victim believed his attackers were looking for drugs, but said they didn't find any because he was currently clean and sober. They, however, took an unknown number of CDs, according to court records.
The victim recognized Herrington's voice and walk, as well as McMahon's voice from "past drug involvements," according to court records.
The police officer noted injuries throughout the man's body, including a wound that ran from his forehead to his eyes, bruising around his wrists and a large bruise on his left thigh.
According to a supplemental sworn statement by Thomas, McMahon told the police officer Herrington had asked for his company going to the victim's residence to "collect a debt in relation to drug dealings." McMahon reportedly said also that Davie and Herrington attacked the older man, while he became scared and ran back to his car.
McMahon said that as they drove away, Herrington told his companions he'd thrown items at the man's television, smashing it off its stand, according to the affidavit. McMahon also thought Herrington had also taken some of the man's clothing.
The three men are charged also with a misdemeanor, petit larcery for stolen goods with a value not exceeding $900. They pleaded not guilty to all their charges. Herrington pleaded May 2, McMahon on May 3 and Davie on May 6.
Judge William Cohen ordered each man held without bail. They're now in custody at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland and as of press time were due back in court for a weight of evidence hearing Thursday.
They've all been assigned defense attorneys: Thomas Enzor for Davie, Susan Keane McManus for Herrington and Jonathan Ward for McMahon.
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