Police say two people are responsible in the stabbing of an 18 year old on Tuesday morning. They have identified one as 33 year old Harrison Ogbunzie of Springfield, Massachusetts. He’s wanted on attempted homicide. Police Chief Gary Taylor says the men involved were not strangers.
“This was no random person staying at the LaQuinta who got assaulted. We know they knew one another.”
The crime rate in St. Albans is five times the average in all of Vermont. But Chief Taylor says the violence isn’t usually impacting everyone.
“The numbers are true”, says Taylor. “The chances of a random citizen being a victim of a crime really is very small in comparison.”
Chief Taylor also says many of these crimes originate from the same issue.
“We do have an opioid crisis. Nationally and throughout the state, and we have that same problem here,” he said. “And people who get involved in that particular activity often times find themselves victim to that kind of crime as well. It all comes from their involvement in that kind of crime anyway.”
And while the statistics might be shocking, Chief Taylor says there is no reason to be worried, as long as you’re following the laws.
“It’s a very safe community. However if you come here and you’re looking to get involved in some criminal conduct you can find it. Those areas, those individuals, and then you can become a victim also.”
The men were last seen driving a 2019 black Chevy Camaro. Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (802) 524-2166.