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Suspect Arrested During Home Invasion

MPD arrest photo 01/27/2016: Jesse Fitzgerald (27)
MPD arrest photo 01/27/2016: Jesse Fitzgerald (27)

MONTPELIER — On Wednesday January 27, 2016 at approximately 1:19 a.m., the Montpelier PoliceDepartment received a call from 911 advising of a residential burglary in progress at 438 Gallison Hill Road in Montpelier. While the police department’s dispatcher stayed on the line with the female resident, her husband held the suspect at bay at gunpoint, preventing the intruder from coming up the stairs to where he, his wife and 5-year-old child were. The homeowner, while warning the subject that he (the homeowner) had a gun, demanded that the suspect not come any closer and to get out of the house.

At one point, the suspect left the house, but as Montpelier Police officers arrived on scene at approximately 1:23 a.m., the suspect ran back inside the residence. After several tense moments with the suspect ignoring the officers’ commands, the Montpelier Police K-9 was sent into the residence. With the K-9 deployed, officers were able to tackle and secure the suspect. The suspect apparently gained entry to the residence by smashing out the door window of the mudroom and came into the kitchen.

The suspect was identified as Jesse Fitzgerald (27) of Hyde Park, VT. The residents did not know Fitzgerald nor had they ever seen him before.

After arrest processing, Fitzgerald was transported to the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility in St. Johnsbury for lack of $5,000 bail. Fitzgerald is expected to be arraigned later January 27 for Unlawful Trespass of an Occupied Residential Dwelling.

MPD arrest photo 01/27/2016: Jesse Fitzgerald (27)