Monday March 18, 2013

BENNINGTON -- Police said a local resident is awaiting extradition from Massachusetts after he pointed a gun at another man during an argument and then fled the state.

Christopher J. Gagne, 38, will face felony charges in Vermont of unlawful restraint, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and carrying a deadly weapon after an argument inside their Union Street apartment last Friday, March 15.

In a written release, Lt. Lloyd Dean said Bennington police received the initial complaint from a local resident at about 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Police interviewed a witness who stated they saw the two men arguing. A search warrant for the Union Street apartment was obtained and the apartment was put under surveillance, but police said Gagne was not found inside when the warrant was executed.

Gagne was entered as a wanted person in the national crime information center database, and Bennington police gathered information that he was likely in Williamstown, Mass. Local authorities there entered the home they suspected Gagne was in at 2:30 a.m. Saturday and arrested him as a fugitive from Vermont. He now faces arraignment in Northern Berkshire District Court as a fugitive to begin the process of extraditing him to Vermont to face charges relating to Friday’s altercation.


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Gagne, whose given name is Hans Peterson, pleaded not guilty earlier this month in Bennington Superior Court on charges alleging fraudulent business practices for a handyman company he operates.

-- Zeke Wright