Northfield man extradited from Nevada, pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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Aleksander Cherkasov, 19, of Northfield, is awaiting extradition back to Vermont on two counts of attempted second-degree murder. (Photo courtesy Northfield Police Dept.)

A 19-year-old Northfield man accused of attempted murder pleaded not guilty in Washington County Superior Court on Thursday following his extradition from Nevada.

Cherkasov was arrested in Las Vegas last month after fleeing the state in the wake of an alleged assault of two women in March. Police say Cherkasov was involved in an argument with two female acquaintances and struck one of them; he then almost hit one of the women with his vehicle.

The women were able to drive away, but Cherkasov followed and ran their vehicle off the road. He then rammed the vehicle down a steep embankment, police said. The two females managed to escape before it went over the edge.

Chersakov fled the scene and remained at large until his arrest in Las Vegas on June 5. Chersakov, who faces two counts attempted 2nd-degree murder, is being held without bail.

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