STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE UPDATE
STATION: Vermont State Police Derby
DATE/TIME: 08/11/16 1300 hrs
LOCATION: Northern State Correctional Facility, Newport, Vt
VIOLATION: Aggravated Assault and Kidnappinng
ACCUSED #1: Leroy Hughes
Address: Northern State Correctional Facility, Newport, VT
ACCUSED#2: Mehmed Devac
ADDRESS: Northern State Correctional Facility, Newport, VT
VICTIM: Malcom Brown
ADDRESS: Morgan, VT
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
Both Mehmed Devac and Leroy Hughes have been charged with Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault and are currently scheduled to appear in Orleans County Criminal Court for arraignment on October 18, 2016.
On the above date and time the Vermont State Police, Newport City Police Dept, Orleans County Sheriff's Dept, and U.S. Border Patrol responded to the Northern State Correctional Facility after being notified that a Correctional Officer had been taken Hostage by two inmates inside the facility and was being held against his will inside one of the rooms in one of the Units. One of the inmates was armed with a bladed object. The above mentioned Law Enforcement agencies responded to the Correctional Facility and supplemented the facilities exterior perimeter security, while Facility Staff inside the facility handled the situation inside through negotiations. After approximately two hours of negotiating the Correctional officer was released unharmed and the two inmates were taken into custody by Correctional Staff without further incident.
The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation are conducting the criminal investigation. The investigation is ongoing and an updated press release will be issued once the investigation is completed and a court date has been determined.