Burlington, VT -- The U.S. Marshals
Service Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) has arrested a fugitive
who was wanted for Escape.
Robert P. Roche, 50, of the Greater Burlington area was arrested on the
afternoon of August 5, 2014 in South Burlington, Vermont when confronted by
Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Vermont Violent Offender Task Force.
Roche was wanted by the State of Vermont, Department of Corrections,
Probation and Parole for Escape from Furlough and has been a fugitive since
June 6, 2014. Roche’s underlying charges on his Escape included Burglary,
Several Counts of Possession of Heroin, Several Counts of Possession and
Sale of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, Transporting Drugs into a
Detention Facility, Several Counts of Simple Assault, Violating Conditions
of Release, Suspended License, and Theft.
Roche is no stranger to the criminal justice system and has a significant
criminal history dating back to the early 1980’s. Some of Roche’s
convictions include a Federal Cocaine Conviction, Aggravated Domestic
Assault, Possession of Narcotics, Aggravated Assault with a Weapon and
Assault and Robbery.
On August 5, 2014 Burlington Probation and Parole requested the assistance
of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Roche, as his
whereabouts were unknown. Deputy U.S. Marshals gathered information on
Roche’s possible whereabouts on the afternoon of August 5, 2014 and arrested
Roche without incident.
Roche was scheduled for court today in Burlington at the Chittenden Criminal
Court. Roche’s warrant included bail set at $10,000.
The arrest was a result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the
U.S. Marshals Service District of Vermont, the U.S. Marshals VVOTF, and the
Vermont State Police.
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