Attempted murder suspect will be arraigned

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BENNINGTON — A local man wanted for attempted murder is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges next month, court records show.

Alfred A. Craven, 48, whom Vermont State Police said fled the state after the Sept. 4 attack on a man, is also accused of robbing a bank in Mansfield, Mass.

Craven, of Readsboro, allegedly beat a 53-year-old man with a two-by-four at a Searsburg residence, police said. The man sustained a skull fracture, broken jaw and multiple facial fractures.

Craven was arrested by U.S. Marshals at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. on Sept. 22, authorities said.

Craven is scheduled to appear in Bennington criminal court on Dec. 11. He faces felony first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault. The charge carries a mandatory minimum 35-year sentence and could result in a life sentence without parole.

Craven was wanted on a federal warrant for violating his supervised release in connection with bank robberies in California in 2009.

Craven also faces charges in connection with a bank robbery in southeastern Massachusetts on Sept. 18. A man stole a 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 pickup at a Taunton car wash and drove to a North Easton Savings Bank location in Mansfield, where the suspect passed a note to a teller demanding cash, according to Mansfield police.

The Sun Chronicle newspaper in Attleboro, Mass., reported Craven has ties to the Taunton area and allegedly made off with $1,260, which was not recovered.

Craven has been listed as an inmate at Northwest State Regional Correctional Facility in Swanton since Oct. 5.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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