A St. Albans man is facing several charges, after a police pursuit ending in Swanton early Sunday morning.
Around 1:30 a.m., police responded to 10 Lower Gilman Street for a reported home invasion and armed robbery.
Police learned an armed man, 35 year-old Jason Ames, had entered the home and held a young family of three (a mother, father and child) at gun point, and threatened to kill them if they alerted anyone he was in the house.
Ames demanded drugs and money, but police say once he learned there were no drugs in the home, he then demanded money and electronics.
Police say Ames took cash from the male victim’s wallet and made him collect various electronic and cigarettes, before having him load the items in the victim’s own vehicle.
After this, police say Ames made the male victim drive him at gun point to the victim’s bank, where he forced him to withdraw all but one dollar of the victim’s balance, and turn it over to him.
Police say Ames then told the man he was taking his truck, threatened him about calling police and dropped off the victim a short distance from his home.
While police were still at Lower Gilman Street, they radioed to officers about the stolen vehicle.
Officers spotted the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Ames fled, leading officer on a high speed pursuit.
The pursuit began on Route 7 in St. Albans, and continued through Highgate and West Swanton.
Police were able to find Ames in Swanton, where he jumped out on North River Street and fled into a residence, where he was found hiding in a closet.
Officers from the Vermont State Police, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted the St. Albans Police Department during the pursuit, recovery of the stolen vehicle and apprehension of the suspect.
The stolen vehicle was recovered and the weapon, a handgun, was found close by.
Ames was arrested and is charged with Assault and Robbery, Burglary, Unlawful Trespass, Kidnapping, Aggravated Operation Without Owners Consent, Attempting To Elude in a Grossly Negligent Manner, Driving on a Suspended License, and Excessive Speed.
During the investigation, officers learned Ames had an active Arrest Warrant for Escape.
Ames was lodged at the Northwest State Correctional Facility for the warrant and bail was set at $50,000.00.
Callers wishing to provide assistance in this matter may call The St. Albans Police Department at (802) 524-2166.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous may go to http://stalbanspd.com and click on the cell phone on the right side of the page to submit a tip.