Attempted Armed Robbery - Resident Wrestles Gun from Suspect

Attempted Armed Robbery - Resident Wrestles Gun from Suspect

Police say a gunman knocked on a door in Essex junction and demanded cash - but what happened next may surprise you. It has some in the community on high-alert.
Police say a gunman knocked on a door in Essex junction and demanded cash - but what happened next may surprise you. It has some in the community on high-alert.

Right now, police in Essex Junction are looking for the man in the sketch - we don't know his name, but police need your help finding it out. He’s wanted for attempted armed robbery.But the story doesn't stop there - It’s what the intended victim did that has people talking.

Around nine Thursday night, police say a lone gunman knocked on a door of a Main Street apartment - right by five corners in Essex Junction.

"It’s pretty wild, because... it's pretty scary actually, I live right around here," Kim Desjardins said.

Police say when the man who lived there opened the door; he was threatened by a man with a handgun, demanding money.  Then, a bold move -

Police say the resident actually wrestled the gun away from the intruder - fortunately there were no shots fired, no injuries and nothing was stolen.

“I can't even imagine what I would have done," Hannah Kirkpatrick said.

All that we have is the sketch - the suspect is described as being between 30 and 38 years old. 5'8, 170 pounds with dark hair, a goatee and mustache. Police say he may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol - big motivators for these types of crimes.

"In order to do that you have to be pretty desperate," Desjardins said.

"Deal with the drugs, a lot of those problems will go away," Jeff Spencer said.

Though this isn't a common occurrence in Vermont, neighbors don't want it to become the norm.

"Vermont is still a safe place, but is it immune? No." Spencer said.

As far as what was going through that resident's head - we tried to find out, but no one was home when we stopped by.

We also wanted to ask police whether they believe the resident and the gunman may have known each other – but Essex police haven't returned our phone calls. If you know anything, give Essex police a call.

 

 

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