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February 3, 2017

02-02-2017 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Threatening x2, Offenses Committed in Presence of a Child Arrest Press Release

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
               
CASE#: 17A200555
TROOPER: Quealy                                              
STATION: VSP St. Albans                   
CONTACT#: (802) 524-5993

DATE/TIME: 02/01/2017 at approximately 2027 hours.
LOCATION: Fairfax
VIOLATION: Domestic Assault

ACCUSED: Joshua Bittner
AGE: 26
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Fairfax, Vermont.

VICTIM: (The Vermont State Police does not release the names of victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.)

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT: On February 1st, 2017 at approximately 2027 hours Vermont State Police were notified of a dispute occurring at a residence in Fairfax. Vermont State Troopers that responded to scene identified a potential domestic assault victim and an investigation was started.

Over the course of the investigation it was determined that the victim was assaulted by Joshua Bittner (26) of Fairfax, Vermont. Additional information revealed that the original victim and another victim were also threatened by Bittner with a knife. It was learned that a juvenile was present in the residence for the duration of the incident. Bittner fled the scene prior to the arrival of Troopers.

Investigation revealed that Bittner was on probation and had an unrelated active warrant for his arrest out of St. Albans.

On February 3rd, 2017 Bittner turned himself in at the St. Albans State Police Barracks. He was subsequently processed and lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility on probation violations and the unrelated warrant.  Bittner was flash cited to appear before Franklin County Superior Court on February 13th, 2017 to answer the new charges of 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, Aggravated Assault, two counts of Criminal Threatening, and Offenses Committed in the Presence of a Child.

COURT ACTION: Y
COURT DATE: 02-13-2017 at 1300 hours.
COURT: Franklin County Superior Court
LODGED - LOCATION: Northwest State Correctional Facility
BAIL: Lodged on warrant
MUG SHOT: Y


Trooper Nathaniel Quealy
Vermont State Police, St. Albans
140 Fisher Pond Road, St. Albans VT, 05478
Office: 802-524-5993