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Connecticut Man Faces Kidnapping and Stolen Vehicle Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont — The United States Attorney’s Office stated that Barry Perez, 37, of Hartford, Connecticut, was arraigned in federal court this morning on charges of kidnapping and interstate transport of a stolen motor vehicle. Perez had been indicted by a federal grand jury in Burlington on May 11, 2023. United States Magistrate Judge Kevin Doyle ordered Perez detained in federal custody pending further proceedings.

According to court records, Perez stole a box truck in Lebanon, New Hampshire in the early hours of the morning of January 13, 2023, and drove it into Vermont before crashing it into a rock outcropping in the median of Interstate 89. When a good Samaritan truck driver pulled over to render aid, Perez pointed a realistic-looking faux firearm at the truck driver and compelled the truck driver to drive him northbound on Interstate 89. The truck driver was eventually able to flee from the truck in a parking lot in Berlin. Responding officers found Perez in the cab of the truck and arrested him. 

The indictment is an accusation only, and Perez is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. If convicted, Perez faces a maximum possible penalty of life imprisonment. The actual sentence in the case will be determined by the court with reference to the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest commended the investigatory efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Berlin Police Department, the Lebanon, New Hampshire Police Department, and the Vermont State Police.  He also thanked the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Barre City Police Department, and the Montpelier Police Department for their assistance safely taking Perez into custody.

Assistant United States Attorneys Paul van de Graaf and Ray Sun represent the government. Perez is represented by Federal Defender Michael L. Desautels, Esq. and Michael J. Leddy, Esq.


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Updated June 16, 2023

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