Police seek man on assault charge

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SEARSBURG — Police are seeking a 48-year-old Readsboro man in connection with an assault at a residence last week.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Alfred "Fred" Craven, according to Vermont State Police.

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 a release from State Police Detective Sgt. James Wright, of the Shaftsbury barracks.

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

Craven, who police said fled the scene to avoid troopers, faces felony assault charges.

Vermont State Police are asking anyone with information on Craven's location to contact the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 or their local law enforcement. Anonymous crime tips can also be sent by texting the keyword VTIPS to the shortcut CRIMES (274687).

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


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