Man wanted for attempted murder in custody

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BENNINGTON — A Readsboro man wanted for attempted murder is being held in a Vermont prison after being arrested at a Connecticut casino.

Alfred A. Craven, 48, who police said fled the state after the Sept. 4 assault, is also accused of robbing a bank in Mansfield, Mass.

Craven was arrested by U.S. Marshals at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. on Sept. 22, the service said in a statement. Craven was under federal supervision when he was taken into custody.

Craven is listed as being an inmate at Northwest State Regional Correctional Facility in Swanton.

Troopers were called to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington on Sept. 4 after a man walked into the emergency department with extensive facial injuries, according to Vermont State Police.

Craven allegedly assaulted the 53-year-old man with a two-by-four at a Searsburg residence, police said. The man, who police did not identify, sustained a skull fracture, broken jaw and multiple facial fractures.

An arrest warrant for Craven was issued in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Sept. 7. He faces felony first-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault.

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 reported Craven has ties to the Taunton area and allegedly stole $1,260 from the bank, which was not recovered.

Vermont Judge David A. Howard on Oct. 11 granted the state's request for a writ of habeas corpus to have Craven brought to Bennington for prosecution.

Craven was also wanted on a federal warrant for violating his supervised release in connection with bank robberies in California in 2009. Federal court records show he pleaded guilty to two charges and was given a five-year sentence and ordered to repay some $3,500 stolen from three banks.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Craven's arrest followed an investigation by that federal service, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, state police in Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Mohegan Tribal Police, and local police in Taunton and Mansfield, Mass.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.


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