Bennington man pleads not guilty to drunken trespass


BENNINGTON -- A Lincoln Street man is facing a felony charge after police said he demanded to be let into an apartment and broke a window, all while intoxicated and insisting he had been partying at the house earlier.

Benjamin R. Angell, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of unlawful trespass, and misdemeanor unlawful mischief. He was released on conditions he not go to the home on Congress Street he is accused of damaging, or contact the people who live there. He is also not allowed to have alcohol and must check in at the Bennington Police Department on a daily basis.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Keith Diotte, on Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. he was called to Congress Street for a report of a male trying to break into an apartment. When he arrived he heard someone saying, "Let me in," and a door being hit. Angell was taken into custody without incident and found to have a blood-alcohol content of .193 percent.

The woman who lived there told police Angell showed up earlier demanding to be let in because he claimed to have been partying there and left his phone inside. There had been no party, and Angell was told this. He was also told to leave, which he appeared to do. When he came back, he threatened the woman and a male living there, saying he had a knife in his backpack and that they were all dead.

The male said Angell began a brief countdown, at the end of which he slammed his own face into a window and broke it, then declared he would slit his throat with the glass because he wanted to die.

Angell told police he had come for his phone. A knife was found in his backpack. Diotte said there was no indication that a party of any kind had taken place at the residence.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.


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