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For Immediate Release

May 21, 2018 Michael Barron, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of Vermont (802) 951-6271
USMS Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
Task Force Arrests Accomplice to Bank Robbery
Burlington, VT - U.S. Marshals Service, Vermont Violent Offender Task Force (VVOTF) arrested a State of Vermont fugitive, whose whereabouts were unknown since January, 2018.

Joshua Preston, of Johnson, Vermont, was arrested on Friday, May 17, 2018 in Barre City, Vermont when located by Deputy U.S. Marshals, members of the VVOTF, the Vermont State Police and the Barre City Police. Preston was wanted by the State of Vermont Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole (P&P), Chittenden County Division on an Escape from Furlough Warrant, dated on February 2, 2018. In addition, Preston was wanted by the Vermont State Police for Aiding in the Commission – Assault and Robbery, stemming from a bank robbery in the States Capital of Montpelier, Vermont in January, 2018. In the short aftermath of the Bank Robbery, Preston’S accomplice, Nate Griffin was confronted, shot and killed by members of the Vermont State Police. Preston managed to eluded capture and his whereabouts remained unknown since the robbery.

On May 2, 2018 the Vermont State Police sought the assistance of the VVOTF in locating and arresting Preston. Various investigative angles were utilized, which quickly turned the focus of the fugitive investigation to Barre City. Coordinating efforts with the Vermont State Police and Barre City Police, the VVOTF executed an arrest operation on May 17, 2018, locating and arresting Preston in a residence in the Highgate Apartment complex in Barre City, Vermont.

Preston was turned over to Barre City Police and later brought before a judge in Washington County on the above mentioned arrest warrants. The outcome of this hearing was not available at the time of this release.

Any further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Vermont State Police.

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