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For Immediate Release

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May 27, 2016 Insup Shin, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Vermont (802) 951-6271
Task Force Arrests Orleans County Fugitive
 

Burlinigton, VT - The U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a fugitive wanted by the State of Vermont with three outstanding felony arrest warrants. The arrest warrants were issued by The Vermont Parole Board, The Hardwick Police Department, and The Vermont State Police Derby.

Jay Gochie, 37, of Newport, Vermont was arrested during the morning hours of May 26, 2016 in Holland, Vermont when confronted by Deputy U.S. Marshals and members of the Vermont Violent Offender Task Force. Gochie was wanted by the State of Vermont Parole Board since August 21, 2015. His underlying charges related to his parole violation which included 29 offenses. Many of the offenses included felonies, such as six counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, one count of burglary, and two counts of felony forgery.

Gochie was also wanted by The Hardwick Police Department for a burglary which occurred in Hardwick, Vermont on August 13, 2015. Additionally, Gochie was wanted by The Vermont State Police Derby for felony vehicle operation without owner’s consent which allegedly occurred around the time of the burglary in Hardwick. After this incident, it is alleged that Gochie was actively hiding from law enforcement, evading arrest, and had shaved his head to alter his appearance. In addition, it is also alleged that Gochie was committing more burglaries while out on the run.

Gochie is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Gochie has a significant criminal history which started when he was a teenager. His extensive criminal history displays offenses in the Vermont counties of Orleans, Franklin, Lamoille, and Caledonia. These charges include at least 6 burglaries of an unoccupied dwelling, escape custody from furlough, possession of narcotics, a false alarm bomb threat, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, false information to police, multiple forgery charges, several charges for violating conditions of release, and numerous charges for violation of parole.

In February 2016, Newport Probation and Parole requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and apprehending Gochie, as his whereabouts were unknown. Deputy U.S. Marshals gathered information on Gochie’s possible whereabouts and on May 26, 2016, Gochie was arrested in a Holland, Vermont residence located along the U.S. and Canadian border. Gochie was found hiding in a closet.

On May 26, 2016, Gochie was arraigned in The Orleans County District Court for the Hardwick Police and Vermont State Police warrants. He was held on $75,000 bail. Gochie is also pending a violation hearing by the Vermont Parole Board. Gochie’s parole expires on May 29, 2030.

This arrest was the result of a culmination of investigative efforts by the U.S. Marshals VVOTF, The Vermont State Police, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, The U.S. Border Patrol, and The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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