Kidnapping pursuit in western Mass. leads to arrest in Vermont

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Brattleboro, Vermont Police have charged a Georgia man with kidnapping and extortion in an alleged plot to cash a bad check and a police pursuit through two states.

In a news release to 22News, Brattleboro police said they were called to a local bank after a person stated that he was being forced to cash a fake check.

Responding officers tried to execute a traffic stop with the involved vehicle, but it drove away.

“Police then spoke with the victim,” officer Penniman of the Brattleboro police stated in the release. “The victim alleged that he had been held against his will in Massachusetts, and then transported to VT, where he was forced to attempt to cash the bad check in two separate locations.”

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman James Leydon told 22News that he had “heard” the victim may have been taken from Springfield. 

Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh explained that he had no knowledge the victim was taken from Springfield and that after looking further into the situation, it was clear that the kidnapping did not occur in the Springfield area.

Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle in Franklin County, Massachusetts where Massachusetts State Police, Leyden Police, Vermont State Police and Brattleboro Police pursued the vehicle until it crashed. The suspects ran away. 

Police caught up with the two suspects in Guilford, VT.  According to Officer Penniman, police released one of the suspects, because he was only involved in the incident in Massachusetts. 

Brattleboro police arrested 22-year-old Brashad De’Anthony Termaine Jeanes, of Georgia, and charged him with kidnapping, unlawful restraint in the first degree, two counts of extortion, and uttering false pretenses or tokens.

Jeanes is being held without bail, pending a hearing in the Windham County Superior Court.

Brattleboro Police said this incident remains under investigation, and additional arrests are likely. 

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