N.Y. man accused of stalking Arlington woman faces new charges


ARLINGTON — A Warrensburg, N.Y., man accused of stalking an Arlington woman and violating an anti-stalking order in July was arraigned last week on more than a dozen new charges related to criminal conduct alleged to have occurred after he posted bail on the original charges in mid-August.

In addition to the original charges, Michael Fuschino, 58, now faces two new counts of aggravated stalking, a felony, and 13 new misdemeanors, which include multiple counts of violating an anti-stalking order, violating conditions of release and unlawful mischief.

Fuschino has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

On Aug. 12, Fuschino posted $5,000 cash to secure a total bail amount of $25,000 set by a judge on the original charges. As soon as the next day, the same Arlington woman began receiving "harassing messages and had an appointment canceled on her," according to an affidavit written by Trooper Justin Walker of the Vermont State Police, which notes that it is "within Fuschino's modus operandi to cancel appointments on folks," including the woman.

The woman told police on Aug. 22 and 23 that she had received "more harassing messages" from "different phone numbers, some of them threatening bodily harm, and others using vulgar language and calling [the woman] names," according to court documents. "Though the phone numbers cannot be definitively traced back to Fuschino at this time, the nature and language and writing style of the messages are all consistent with Fuschino's modus operandi and character."

On Aug. 25, while conducting surveillance near the apartment complex where the woman lives in Arlington, Walker observed Fuschino throw eggs at the woman's car, something the defendant is alleged to have done on multiple occasions in July and August, according to court documents. Police possess security footage of at least four such instances between Aug. 20 and 25.

Walker drove his "patrol vehicle up behind Fuschino's vehicle and activated my emergency blue lights as he was getting back into his vehicle," according to the affidavit, but Fuschino drove out of the complex and onto Route 7A, headed north. Walker followed Fuschino with his lights and siren activated.

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Following a short drive, Fuschino entered the Stewart's parking lot, "parked his vehicle and quickly exited" it. As Walker placed Fuschino under arrest, "he would not keep his hands behind his back and made a weak attempt to get back into his vehicle." Walker eventually affixed handcuffs to Fuschino, who was taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for evaluation before being processed.

Bennington County Superior Court Judge John Valente last month ordered a competency evaluation of Fuschino, whose attorney did not respond to an inquiry Thursday regarding its status.

In an email to The Banner the early morning of Aug. 25, Fuschino said the woman started texting and calling him this past June, "definitely not how one deals with a stalker."

"Every time she don't get what she wants from me she accuses me of stalking her," Fuschino wrote. "This has to stop. My mistake, yes was allowing her to text and call me but other than that I did nothing wrong and wanted to share my story with you."

Fuschino is being held without bail at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility, according to court records.

The defendant has "a lengthy criminal history" in New York that includes at least five felony convictions, according to police.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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